Tennessee Ostrich Fern (Homalosorus pycnocarpos)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Homalosorus pycnocarpos Accepted
Athyrium pycnocarpon Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Fern
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 36 inches
Plant Spread: 18 inches
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Cooked greens
Will Naturalize
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Stolons and runners
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger


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Location: Western KentuckyDate: 2012-06-13
By Sharon
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Location: TennesseeDate: 2014-04-20Early spring growth
By SongofJoy
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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Apr 21, 2014 4:30 AM

Plant in well-drained soil in a hole large enough to accommodate the roots without bending or circling them. Make sure the crown of the plant is level with the soil surface and free of dirt in order to prevent rotting. May be planted in any well-drained soil but best in moist, rich loam that is acidic, medium wet with consistent moisture. The plant tolerates a wide range of soils, including poor rocky soils and dry soil once it is well established.

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