Asplenium flabellifolium Necklace fern walking fern

Epithet means "fan-shaped," referring to the pinnules. Evergreen, 6 to 15 in. (15 to 38 cm).Zone 9. Apogamous.

description: The rhizome is erect, but fronds tend to be prostrate. Slender green stipes are one-third to one-halfofthe frond length. Blades are once-pinnate with 10 to 12 pairs of fan-shaped pinnae. The rachis extends well beyond the foliage and often bears a tip-rooting bulbil. Sori are linear with matching indusia.

range and habitat: Although delicate in appearance, this species colonizes in dry rocky sites in the company of Cheilan-thes in New Zealand. In Australia it also naturalizes in damp forests as well as cliff faces, dry rocks, and scrublands.

culture and comments: With its cascading fronds, the necklace fern makes a wonderful basket display especially when the tips can be secured so that they root and walk about in the basket. The plant can be overwintered in Zone 8 in a cool, frost-free greenhouse. In all locations it needs to be out of the reach of roving slugs.

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