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Asplenium bulbiferum

Mother Fern
  • Plant Type:
  • Fern
  • Evergreen-Deciduous:
  • Evergreen
  • Overall Mature Size:
  • Small
  • Mature Height & Spread :
  • 4' x 4'
  • Natural Growth Habit:
  • Clumping
  • Native To:
  • Asia, Australia/New Zealand
  • Exposure:
  • Partial Shade, Full Shade
  • Water:
  • High Water, Medium Water
  • Special Features:
  • Seacoast Conditions, Shade Tolerant
  • Container Sizes:
  • #1, #5
  • Sunset Garden Zones:
  • 15-17, 20-24


If you have a shady patch in your rain garden or swale, Asplenium bulbiferum might be a good choice to fill the niche.  Sometimes, Asplenium is called “Mother Fern” as it produces small plantlets at the edges of its leaves, which will fall and take root where conditions are favorable.  Mother Ferns need both shade and ample water, and care should be taken to keep the slug and snail population in check around them.