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Asplenium rhizophyllum

Walking Fern

Scientific Name:

Asplenium rhizophyllum

Genus:

Asplenium

Species Epithet:

rhizophyllum

Common Name:

Walking Fern

Plant Type

Fern/Clubmoss/Allies

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Aspleniaceae (Spleenwort Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Light:

Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Moist outcrops of calcareous sedimentary, calcareous metamorphic, or mafic metamorphic rocks, such as limestone, dolostone, calcareous siltstone, amphibolite, mostly at low to moderate elevations,
rarely to 1500 m or higher.

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

No known wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Notes:

The long, lance-shaped leaves of the Walking Fern bend over and form roots for another plant, causing it to "walk".

Plant

Usually on moss covered limestone boulders or rock crevices

image

New River State Park

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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