Asplenium bulbiferum

Mother Fern
Mother Fern
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Plant Type




Overall Mature Size


Mature Height & Spread

2-3′ x 3-4′


Partial to Full Shade


High, Medium Water

Special Features

Coastal Conditions, Shade Tolerant

Container Sizes

#1, #5

Natural Growth Habit


Sunset Garden Zones

14, 15-17, 20-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone


Moderate-growing evergreen fern to 2-3’ tall x 3-4’ wide. This popular landscape favorite is an Australian native prized for its soft appearance and lush, brightly-colored foliage. Gracefully-arching, black-stemmed fronds contrasted with finely-cut, delicate looking, bright-green foliage make this species an outstanding selection for lending a tropical feel to the shade garden. Also makes a great container specimen. Adding further interest and appeal to this attractive species are the tiny planlets produced on along its fronds – thus the name “Mother Fern”. These plantlets can be removed to propagate a new plant, or left to eventually fall and root in moist soil. Prefers a rich, moist soil and thrives in a partial to full shade exposure. Can be grown in atriums or indoors if provided good light.

USDA Zone: 10A-11
Sunset Zone: 14, 15-17, 20-24

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