Moa (Psilotum nudum)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Fern
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Plant Height: 12 inches
Plant Spread: 18-24 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Uses: Groundcover
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Stolons and runners
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Epiphytic

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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 22, 2011 6:15 PM

The Whisk Fern is considered a "primitive" plant, a descendent of the first group of vascular plants. Whisk Fern grows both as a terrestrial (in soil) as well as an epiphyte (using another plant as host) and is found in subtropical and tropical areas of the world. It grows to a height of 2' with a spread of about 18" and requires an organic potting medium, warmth and humidity to do well.

I had never seen or heard of Whisk Fern until I found them sprouting from the bottom of two of my planters a few years ago and posted photos for identification on another gardening forum. I've come to really like these little plants.

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