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Asplenium rhizophyllum

Asplenium rhizophyllum L.

Walking fern

Aspleniaceae (Spleenwort Family)

Synonym(s): Camptosorus rhizophyllus

USDA Symbol: ASRH2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

The intriguing name of this plant arouses much curiosity and expectation in the uninititated who are often disappointed to find it does not follow them out of the woods! In reality, the walking fern needs at least a year to take one step. This is accomplished when the tip of the frond produces roots, often embeeded in a lush carpet of moss. (Ferns of Grey and Bruce Counties)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Fern
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Shape: Lanceolate , Linear
Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous
Leaf Margin: Entire , Undulate
Leaf Base: Cordate

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Not a flowering plant. Reproduces by spores.


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: ON
Native Habitat: Rocky Bluff

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist

From the National Suppliers Directory

According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:

Enchanter's Garden - Hinton, WV

Additional resources

USDA: Find Asplenium rhizophyllum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Asplenium rhizophyllum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Asplenium rhizophyllum


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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