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Polypodium vulgare (Common polypody fern)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
4in
Max height
1ft 8in
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Polypodium vulgare

Other names

Common polypody fern

Genus

Polypodium Polypodium

Species

P. vulgare - P. vulgare is a fern forming alternating, triangular-shaped fronds divided all the way back to the central stem.


Polypodium vulgare is: Evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming, Creeping, Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Insignificant or absent in All seasons

Foliage

Dark-green, Green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Pruning

Dead or damaged fronds may be removed as necessary.

Propagation methods

Division


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Where to grow

Polypodium vulgare (Common polypody fern) will reach a height of 4in and a spread of 1ft 8in after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Rock, Underplanting, Foliage only

Cultivation

Plant in any cool, moist, lightly shaded site. If in full sun give plenty of moisture. Will also tolerant dry shade, but water regularly in their first season and mulch well.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

North, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Polypodium vulgare

Other names

Common polypody fern

Genus

Polypodium Polypodium

Species

P. vulgare - P. vulgare is a fern forming alternating, triangular-shaped fronds divided all the way back to the central stem.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming, Creeping, Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Insignificant or absent in All seasons

Foliage

Dark-green, Green in All seasons

General care

Pruning

Dead or damaged fronds may be removed as necessary.

Propagation methods

Division


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Polypodium vulgare (Common polypody fern) will reach a height of 4in and a spread of 1ft 8in after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Rock, Underplanting, Foliage only

Cultivation

Plant in any cool, moist, lightly shaded site. If in full sun give plenty of moisture. Will also tolerant dry shade, but water regularly in their first season and mulch well.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

North, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

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