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ASPLENIUM platyneuron

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Family

Aspleniaceae

Botanical Name

ASPLENIUM platyneuron

Plant Common Name

Ebony Spleenwort

General Description

This tough little evergreen fern offers delightful beauty without the need for a specialized environment. Its wide adaptability is proven by its natural range which spans the warmer tropical regions of North America, Africa and the West Indies, and parts of the midwestern U.S.. It asks for porous gritty ground with plenty of humus to keep the roots in an oxygen rich medium. In the wild it’s found on rocky banks and the slopes of river canyons and in woodlands.

Ebony spleenwort was named for an Old World belief that it could be used to cure diseases of the spleen. It produces upright, slightly arching fronds similar to that of the Boston Fern. These are glossy and bright green, standing out boldly against darker backgrounds. The midrib or stipe of the frond is dark purplish brown, making for high contrast. Fertile fronds bearing spores on the backside tend to stand more erect. This is a great fern choice for the warm climates where smaller plants are needed in suburban homesites or in nooks and crannies of city gardens.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Plant Type

    Fern

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    6"-12" / 15.2cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    6"-12" / 15.2cm - 30.5cm

  • Native To

    North America, Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Rosette/Stemless

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • 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

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No