Position

Sun exposure:
Dappled shade, full sun
Aspect:
East facing, south facing, west facing

Soil

Well Drained / Light / Sandy

Polypodium vulgare is an evergreen, hardy fern with attractive ladder-like, leathery foliage with distinctive pimply undersides. It grows to about 30cm high and can eventually cover quite a large areas unless restricted. Unusually for ferns, Polypodium vulgare thrives in dry conditions and can sometimes colonise old trees. If left to spread, it makes attractive evergreen ground cover in dappled shade under trees, where the soil is often quite dry.

Grow Polypodium vulgare in wild gardens, well-drained borders, on banks and walls, or in gravel gardens. Shelter from cold winds.

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Polypodium and wildlife

Polypodium has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Polypodium poisonous?

Polypodium has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:
Is not known to attract Birds
Birds
Is not known to attract Cats
Cats
Is not known to attract Dogs
Dogs
Is not known to attract Horses
Horses
Is not known to attract Livestock
Livestock
Is not known to attract People
People
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