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Polypodium scouleri
Common Name: Leathery Polypody Family: Polypodiaceae (The Polypody Family)

Polypodium scouleri
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Scouler's polypody is an unusual BC native fern that grows on rocks and trees on the west coast of Vancouver Island from deep shade to full sun. It has thick, leathery, deep green leaves that get attractive, rusty orange, circular sporangia on the leaf undersides. It grows from thick rhizomes. In the garden it can be grown in containers, hanging baskets, and in the garden where soil drainage is reasonable. Rare in cultivation. Tolerant of salt spray.

Geogrpahical Origin:
North America
Native Habitat:
Mesic to moist oceanside rock cliffs and trunks and branches of trees, often in the salt spray zone.

ClassEvergreen  Primary Bloom Colour 
TypePerennial  Secondary Bloom Colour 
Height8-12'  Bloom Time 
Spread8-12'  FragranceNo 
Light ExposureFull - Part Shade Shade Part Shade  Foliage ColourGreen 
Soil MoistureMoist Average Drought Tolerant  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone8-10  BerriesNo 
BC NativeYes    

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