The resurrection fern gets its name because it can survive long periods
of drought by curling up and appearing dead. When just a little
water is present, the fern will uncurl and reopen, appearing to
resurrect. This plant has even been taken on a space shuttle mission
to watch it resurrect itself in space! This tiny, creeping fern has a long
stem to which the fronds are attached. The leathery, evergreen
leaves are called fronds and are 4" to 12" long. The fronds are made of
smaller, rounded, oblong blades alternately arranged but tending to
become opposite. Like all ferns, the resurrection fern does not
reproduce by fruits or seeds but uses spores instead. The spores are
found in clusters, called sori, on the bottom of the blades near the edge.
The sori appear as brown to black scales. The long, horizontal, skinny
stem is less than 1/12" in diameter and is attached to and creeps along
the bark of large trees. This is where the fronds then come out from.
You're getting a section about 4"x4" that will have several fern fronds
I even have these in my tree frog vivarium and you can make an outside
container shade garden with these too!
||Polypodium polypodioides 'Resurrection Fern'
||Resurrection Fern, Little Gray Polypody
||Full Sun,Full Shade,Partial Sun/Shade
||High drought tolerance
|Best Grown In
||Attaches to tree branches