Phlebodium aureum

Phlebodium aureum

Golden polypody

  • Botanical name: Phlebodium aureum
  • Common name: Golden polypody
  • Family: Polypodiaceae
  • Plant Type: House plant, Evergreen
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The hare-foot fern or golden polypody, Phlebodium aureum, is a tender, evergreen fern popularly grown as a houseplant. It’s native to tropical regions of South America, North America and the Caribbean where it grows as an epiphyte. It bears beautiful, blue-green fronds that emerge from the creeping rhizomes, which have a furry appearance.


In the UK, it makes a fantastic, easy to grow houseplant that can be moved outdoors in summer.


For best results, grow Phlebodium aureum in a bright spot out of any direct sun, in moist, well-drained soil. Keep a spray bottle handy so you can give it a regular misting to raise the humidity – or try growing it in a bright, steamy bathroom.

How to grow Phlebodium aureum

  • Plant size

    100cm height

    50cm spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, east facing

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full shade, partial shade
  • Shade type: Damp
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Soil type: Acidic / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy
  • Plant care: Needs regular watering in pots

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Phlebodium aureum and wildlife

Phlebodium aureum has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Phlebodium aureum poisonous?

Phlebodium aureum has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Phlebodium aureum

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