Walking Fern

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    Walking Fern

    Posted by Heather Bradon on 28th Aug 2019

    This looks great around the driveway.

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Shipping Information

We ship all plants usps priority mail. They arrive to most locations within 2-3 days. We package all plants to retain moisture to up to 10 days in transit. All plants ships from our warehouses in Tennessee. All plants are grown and shipped from out Altamont (zip) 37301 location. We do drop ship for re-sellers also for those wanting to resell our plants.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

All plants are dug and immediately taken to our warehouse and tera-sorb moisture retention gel is applied to the roots and then wrapped in plastic to retain superior moisture for transit. They are placed in corogated cardboard shipping boxes for protection when shipped

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Upon receipt of your plants, unpack and unwrap the roots and mist with water. Plant within 24-48 hours. If you can not plant within this time frame, put your plants in a cool location (ex- basement, garage or cellar) and water the roots daily. Cover them back up with the plastic so they will not dry out until you can plant them. After planted, water every evening after the sun goes down for 5 days.


Walking Fern is a rare low lying fern native to the Eastern United States and Canada

The name walking fern refers to its unusual growth pattern. The undersides of the leaves contain spores which create new plants wherever the leaves touch the ground, creating a ‘walking’ effect. It is an evergreen fern that grows about 6 inches tall with fronds up to 12 inches long. It builds on moss covered limestone rocks and had the unique ability to extend its roots into the tiny pockets in the rock and change the composition of the underlying soil. No other fern species creates a symbiotic relationship like this with its growing environment.

Walking Fern grows best in the shade

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Asplenium rhizophyllum

Height: six inches

Spread: eight to twenty-four inches

Soil Type: Mossy dolomite rocks

Sun: Partial shade to full shade

Walking Fern is beautiful and pairs well with hosta and ornamental grass in home landscapes

The fronds are leathery and lanceolate (spear-shaped). The base of the fronds is a reddish brown. The sori (spore producing bodies) on the underside of the fronds appear to be in a random pattern but follow the areolate (netted or chained like a fish net) vascular pattern. Walking ferns can be challenging to establish in a landscape setting, but once they are, they are very hardy ferns that will spread well on their own.


 Walking Fern