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ASPLENIUM 'Floralee'

Image of Asplenium 'Floralee'

Family

Aspleniaceae

Botanical Name

ASPLENIUM 'Floralee'

Plant Common Name

Floralee Mother Fern, Mother Fern

General Description

This bright green fern is identical to its parent species except that it’s more cold hardy, and may be grown at the low end of its zone rating. The parent is native to New Zealand and Australia and is called mother fern because young plantlets form along the fronds, detach over time (or early if disturbed), fall to the ground and root, eventually forming colonies. Plantlets are genetically identical to the mother plant. This is a symmetrical open center fern with long fronds that become weighted down by plantlets as they age. They can be semi-evergreen in cold winters but in mild coastal conditions they are fabulous year around.

This fern needs a moist, acidic, organic soil with very good drainage. Grow ‘Floralee’ beneath high tree canopies where soil and litter create ideal conditions for the growth of colonies. The plantlets are known to root upon fallen logs, between stones or on large tree roots. But ‘Floralee’ is also very popular as a container plant for a shaded porch or patio. Although it can be grown indoors it is exceptional outside in hanging baskets where the climate is moist.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 8

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Fern

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m

  • Width

    2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m

  • Native To

    New Zealand

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Rosette/Stemless

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Chartreuse

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Chartreuse

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Chartreuse

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Chartreuse

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Groundcover, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    No