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Phlebodium pseudaureum – Blue Rabbit’s Foot Fern

The chalky blue fronds of this fern always garner attention in the woodland garden. There simply isn’t much else that can contribute this color in the shady garden. Though naturally growing as an epiphyte on trees or on rocks, John has been successful growing it terrestrially, but care is needed to ensure the thick rhizome remains on top of well-draining soil as it will rot if it is buried. The foliage will die back in our winters, but as long as the rhizome is kept dry and insulated by a covering of leaf mulch, it will replenish its robust foliage in spring. It also can be mounted like an orchid or grown in a hanging basket.