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Latin Name- Pleopeltis polypodioides, Soil Type- Moist, Hardy Zones 3-8

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Resurrection Fern - Pleopeltis polypodioides

The Resurrection Fern's name comes from its ability to “resurrect,” after extended dry spells. This fantastic fern can lose up to 97 percent of its water content during a drought and still survive. It will look like a dead mass of shriveled up grayish brown leaves, but the smallest amount of moisture will quickly restore it back to its perky green self. It can thrive in many habitats and grow in USDA hardiness zones 6 through 11. While it is not overly picky, it does prefer growing in partial shade. This is an epiphytic fern, meaning that instead of soil, it needs either a host plant or another surface to grow on top of so it can anchor onto it. It is a beneficial plant which does not deplete it hosts of their nutrients. Instead, it extracts its nutrients from the air. They are also incredibly helpful to the environment, making a tasty treat for any herbivore friend. Mature fronds are lance-shaped with a deeply incised pattern, coarsely textured, and can reach a height of 3 to 4 inches. This fern is loved for its ability to add vibrant green textures to a landscape by flourishing within the crevices of trees, rocks, fences and several other substrates. Initial fronds may take several months to appear, but existing ones tend to spread effortlessly and form new colonies along its hosts. It is a low maintenance plant that can almost effortlessly add a delicate fuzzy coat of beauty to any landscape. The Resurrection fern reproduces via spores and not seed. These spores are housed in the tiny brown dots underneath the frond and are spread by the winds. This also makes it a favorite among gardeners. Plants are usually shipped in their drought state but can be revived with a little water.