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Polypodium californicum

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Polypodium californicum
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Polypodium californicum
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Polypodium californicum

Species Name: Polypodium californicum
Common Name: California Polypody Fern

Delicate fern. Grows in well-drained soil or on mossy rock/stump. Dormant in summer-No water!! Used by the Wailakis Native Americans to treat wounds and rheumatism.

Plant Family: Polypodiaceae
Plant Type: Fern
Height by Width: Low, fronds 4-10 long
Growth Habit: Low, trailing
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer-deciduous
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Shade or partial sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: Frost tender
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color:
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: North, Central, and South Coasts. Southwestern California to Baja.
Natural Habitat: Shaded canyons, stream banks, north-facing slopes, cliffs, coastal bluffs below 4700'



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References
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
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