Cabbage Palm Fern (Phlebodium aureum)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Phlebodium aureum Accepted
Polypodium attenuatum Synonym
Polypodium mandaianum Synonym
Polypodium aureum Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Fern
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Leaves: Evergreen
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Epiphytic


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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Mar 3, 2013 7:53 PM

The rhizomes that creep along the ground or on surfaces the plant climbs are covered w/ golden yellow 'hairs,' hence plant's other common names - Rabbit's / Hare's / Bear's Foot fern.
A Florida native south to Argentina. Crested form is the cultivar 'Mandian'. Evergreen.
'Adapts to civilization.'

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Plant Events from our members
skylark On April 1, 2017 Miscellaneous Event
got rid of 2 large plants, 1 small remains
skylark On May 7, 2016 Transplanted
into jungle mix - same 8" pot - was dormant. split up rhizomes, rearranged the pot
skylark On May 1, 2015 Plant emerged
new growth emerged on the 'dead plant' - so it did not die after all!
skylark On February 1, 2015 Miscellaneous Event
smallest seedling dried up and died.
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