Walking Fern- Asplenium rhizophyllum
The Walking Fern is native to North America. This fern is found in mossy areas and those with limestone. The walking fern grows up to two feet tall. The Walking Fern produces spores on the underside of its leaves. When the spores from the underside of the walking fern touch the damp soil beneath the fern, a new fern is produced from the spores that contact the damp Earth. Hence, the name "walking fern" was dubbed upon this plant!This plant has narrow leaves that taper to a point. The spores that the fern produces grow only on the underside of the frond of the fern. This is a plant that almost literally moves by itself! It will get right up and walk away from where it was at and leave a trail of similar plants in its path! The Walking Fern is a unique plant species that few have seen and it can be hard to come across. This fern has a unique symbiotic type of relationship with the limestone and is found where limestone occurs in the moss. This fern enjoys soil that is moist and not too dry. However, the walking fern does not do well being over watered. This is a plat that doesn't like muddy soil and does prefer soil with more rocks. The leaves of this fern are lovely and aesthetically pleasing. They have a pretty pointed and narrow frond that is just beautiful! Walking Ferns are amazing!
Mature Height: two feet
Mature Width: one foot
Sunlight: This plant enjoys light shade
Soil Conditions: rocky soil, moss
Botanical Name: Asplenium rhizophyllum
"Asplenium rhizophyllum, Walking Fern - 5 (2)." North American Native Plant Society. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 May 2017.
Climate Zone: 4 to 8