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Selaginella braunii

 
Selaginella braunii
arborvitae fern
Common name arborvitae fern
Family selaginellaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z6-9)
Size 12"
Light part-full shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil, not too dry

This is a member of the ancient tribe of spikemosses rather than a true fern, but it shares a preference for shady, moist conditions. Arborvitae fern is grown for its lacy fronds, which can spread to a width of three feet, and range in color from dark green to silvery hues. Our garden doesn't offer many places with reliable shade (especially in mid-summer); I gave our specimen the best I can offer, a place in the corner of the garden underneath a live oak.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: back fence border

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