Polypodium glycyrrhiza

Scientific name: Polypodium glycyrrhiza


Common names: “Licorice fern”

Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial fern


Zone: 4-9

Light: Semi-shade

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Moderately fertile humus

Moisture: Moist well drained – summer drought


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Plant Size: H 1′ W groundcover

Leaf and Stem shape: Dormant during the summer, arching dark green fronds emerge as fall approaches and all tend to point in the same directionImage result for polypodium glycyrrhiza

Maintenance: Low – zero, naturalizes into old trees and over rocks

Landscape use: Native garden, groundcover

Propagate: By spores and rhizome division

Pests & Disease: Generally healthy

*Deer resistant

Comments: Native to the west coast of North America from Alaska – California, can be epiphytic, roots have been used by first nations for medicinal licorice flavoured tea

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