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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Polypodium virginianum [= Polypodium vulgare]

Rock Polypody, Rock Cap Fern

Scientific Name:

Polypodium virginianum [= Polypodium vulgare]

Genus:

polypodium

Species Epithet:

virginianum

Common Name:

Rock Polypody, Rock Cap Fern

Plant Type

Fern/Clubmoss/Allies

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Polypodiaceae (Polypody Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June, July, August

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

moist rocks; common (rare in Coastal Plain).

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Fern Frond

Leaf Form:

Nothing Specified

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

No known wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Growing on a shady, moist rock outcrop

NC mountains

Bettina Darveaux

Leaf blades are widest in the middle and mostly have attenuated, unlobed tips.

NC mountains

Bettina Darveaux

Young plant

NC mountains

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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