This Walking Fern is organically grown and called Asplenium rhizophyllum in scientific literature. It is a small and trailing perennial fern and stands out by its ability to grow new plantlets at the top of its fronds. This creates the appearance of “walking” across the forest floor. This fern is Native to North America and is often found in mossy areas with a lot of moisture and moderate or full shade. It can be used for woodland gardens, rock gardens, moss lawns, or other shaded landscape areas.
- Name: Walking Fern
- Scientific Name: Asplenium rhizophyllum
- Appearance: The Walking Fern has slender and trailing fronds that can grow new plantlets at their tips. This creates the impression of the fern “walking” across the forest (hence the name).
- Color: The fronds of this fern have a lush, dark green color.
- Environment: It thrives in areas with sufficient moisture and shaded and is often found in rocky crevices and on woodland floors. It is well-adaptable to different light levels and soil types.
- Soil Preference: This fern prefers moist and well-drained soils. It can adapt to different soil conditions.
- Growth Habit: The Walking Fern forms dense mats or clusters and spreads via new plantlets that are developed at the frond tips. This makes it possible for this fern to ‘climb/walk’ over rocks and logs.
- Erosion Control: Its growth habit and robust root system help stabilize soil and prevent erosion, particularly useful in shaded, sloped areas or near water features.
- Biodiversity Support: Like most ferns, it contributes to the biodiversity of its environment because it provides a habitat for small woodland animals.
- Maintenance: Requires minimal care after it is established.
- Usage: This furn can be used for naturalizing in woodland gardens. It can be used in shaded rock gardens or in combination with moss in moist and shaded areas.