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Leathery Polypody
Polypodium scouleri
  
About Leathery Polypody (Polypodium scouleri) 18 Nurseries Carry This Plant Leathery Polypody (Polypodium scouleri) is a native fern that grows along the coast primarily in northern and central California, from Santa Barbara County northward, and on Santa Cruz Island. It tends to grow in fog drip or saltspray zones, at elevations from sea level to 2,000 feet. It is quite often seen growing on trees or fallen logs and spreads slowly by rhizomes. It is an attractive fern for shaded areas.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Fern

Size
Size
6 in tall
1 ft wide

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Slow

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Shade, Part Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Moderate - High

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 1x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 20° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Medium

Soil Description
Soil Description
Attaches to the roots or trunk of living or dead trees

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?
4*, 5*, 6, 16, 17*, 24

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Fog drip or saltspray zones in conjunction with trees in the central to northern coast

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 12.4" - 78.8", Summer Precipitation: 0.15" - 2.81", Coldest Month: 44.3" - 53.9", Hottest Month: 55.4" - 70.4", Humidity: 0.08" - 15.99", Elevation: -111" - 1554"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Leather-leaf Fern


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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