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Polypodium glycyrrhiza
Common Name: Licorice Fern Family: Polypodiaceae (The Polypody Family)

Polypodium glycyrrhiza
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Licorice fern gets its name from the flavour of the rhizome when chewed. Try it if you like black licorice. This BC native is an epiphytic or lithophytic species growing on trees or rocks, particularly big leaf maples (Acer macrophyllum). It is elegant, somewhat sinuous, light green fronds. Grow it in hanging baskets, in shady crevices or on thin evenly moist soils. Evergreen if kept moist year-round otherwise will go summer dormant.

Geogrpahical Origin:
North America
Native Habitat:
Dry and seasonally wet rocks. trees, and soil humus in lowland to montane zones from sea level to 1360 m in BC.

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 Zone6-9  BerriesNo 
BC NativeYes    

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