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California Polypody
Polypodium californicum
  
About California Polypody (Polypodium californicum) 17 Nurseries Carry This Plant California Polypody (Polypodium californicum) is a native fern that grows in northern, southern and central California, primarily along the coast, foothills and coastal mountains. It tends to grow in canyons, streambanks and north facing slopes, at elevations from sea level to 4,000 feet. It spreads slowly by rhizome. In areas that are wet year round it may stay evergreen; in areas of summer dryness it will become deciduous. It is one of the more popular native ferns for shade gardens.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Fern

Size
Size
1.5 ft tall
3 ft wide

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Slow

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Shade, Part Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Low, Moderate - High,

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 1x / week once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 15° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Slow

Soil Description
Soil Description
Tolerates a wide variety of soils as long as adequate moisture is present. Tolerates Serpentine Soil. Soil PH: 5.7 - 7.5

Common uses
Common uses
Groundcovers, Deer Resistant

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
Use in a damp, shaded area with other shade-loving plants such as other ferns, Wild Ginger (Asarum sp.), Bush Anemone (Carpenteria californica), Western Dichondra (Dichondra occidentalis), Dogwood (Cornus sp.), Wild Strawberry (Fragraria sp.), Alumroot (Heuchera sp.), Ocean Spray (Holodiscus discolor), Currant/Gooseberry (Ribes sp.), Meadow Rue (Thalictrum sp.), Bee Plant (Scrophularia californica), and Hummingbird Sage (Salvia spathacea)

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
6, 7*, 14, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
canyons, streambanks, north facing slopes

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 6.1" - 122.0", Summer Precipitation: 0.14" - 3.60", Coldest Month: 32.0" - 57.3", Hottest Month: 57.9" - 80.8", Humidity: 0.29" - 30.51", Elevation: -66" - 7419"


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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