Ferns forum: Turkey Tail Fern...aka Petticoat Fern

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Name: Suga
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Suga
Mar 12, 2015 8:18 AM CST


A piece of this fern was given to me 40 years ago, and I have shared it many times. Good thing because at one point I lost mine. I don't ever see this fern in any stores or nurseries anywhere, but maybe I am just looking in the wrong spot. I thought I would share this beauty with you all. It fans out at the ends like a turkey tail!
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Mar 12, 2015 9:32 AM CST
Lovely fern! Thanks for sharing! Have you added it to the data base?
Name: woofie
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woofie
Mar 12, 2015 12:45 PM CST
I agree! That is a lovely fern! Heh, but if it grows in your area, I'm probably out of luck.
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Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Mar 12, 2015 1:17 PM CST
I see that it is listed as an evergreen, does it stay just a little green or does all its foliage stay green all year long?
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plantladylin
Mar 12, 2015 6:33 PM CST
Wow, great growing Suga ... that really is a beautiful fern! Petticoat Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata 'Petticoat' wasn't listed in the database so I've submitted a proposal for the entry and your photo can be moved over once it's been approved.
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Name: Suga
Coastal South Carolina (Zone 8b)
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Suga
Mar 19, 2015 12:23 PM CST
Thank everyone I didn't write that it was an ever green, that's what the database said, and yes I did add it. For me, if I leave it outside it will die back, but as long as I cover it up good with pine straw it will come back. But I always dig up several good size pieces, that stay green all winter inside, just to make sure I don't loose it......just in case. Thank You!

Dahinnat
Dec 7, 2015 2:37 PM CST
I would like to buy a couple of the Petticoat Ferns for my wife for Christmas. Any idea where they can be procured??

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Name: Kathy
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Kathy547
Dec 26, 2015 10:40 AM CST
Adding to my want list!!!!
Name: Suga
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Suga
Dec 27, 2015 7:19 PM CST
It really is a beautiful Fern !! Thumbs up
Name: woofie
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woofie
Dec 28, 2015 10:35 AM CST
They do appear to be hard to find. I did quite a bit of looking in an attempt to help Dahinat, but I could not find a source. Has anyone else had any luck?
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Wtk59
Mar 25, 2016 10:27 AM CST
I live in Bishopville sc. I get them at the farmers market in Florence. Check with a local nursery, they might be able to order the plugs for you to begin your own.

iceewisdom
Jun 5, 2016 2:28 AM CST
Hey does anyone know how to get one of these ferns they are my favorites I cannot find one and I really want one I live in CO so they are not easily found you can message me iceeaussies@gmail.com
Name: woofie
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woofie
Jun 5, 2016 11:52 AM CST
@iceewisdom It's not a good idea to post your email address on a public forum. Anyone with information can Tree-Mail you privately here. You might want to edit out that email address.
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leslierietveld
Jul 7, 2017 8:07 PM CST
Suga said:

A piece of this fern was given to me 40 years ago, and I have shared it many times. Good thing because at one point I lost mine. I don't ever see this fern in any stores or nurseries anywhere, but maybe I am just looking in the wrong spot. I thought I would share this beauty with you all. It fans out at the ends like a turkey tail!



leslierietveld
Jul 7, 2017 8:19 PM CST
I need to order a Petticoat Fern- Turkey Tail. Please help me find them.

Susan48
Aug 12, 2017 9:45 AM CST
[quote="Suga"]
Two different pieces of this fern was sent to me by Suga this year for myself and my 92 year old mother who had previously owned a Petticoat fern but lost it. We had looked for several years to find another fern but could not find one. I received the ferns and they are absolutely beautiful. They are putting out new growth constantly. Healthy and green. Thanks to Suga we are enjoying the ferns we thought we would never enjoy again. Thanks again Suga

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