Rock Cap Fern
Rock Cap Fern (Polypodium virginanum) is a beautiful plant that provides greenery throughout the year with its evergreen leaves. The fern can be found in shaded cliffs and sandstone ravines, rocky wooded bluffs, mossy boulders, and ragged stream edges. The fern can grow in a variety of soils however it prefers a humid and moist environment. Ecological factors that are greatest for the fern are a moist, shaded and protected area. It grows best in a medium to the light shaded area with rocky soil or a rock formation covered in moss or biological remains and soil containing an acid pH. A sheltered area with protection from the wind is another preference for the bush. The Rock Cap Fern does not cultivate well on the ground unless in the thin and rocky soil. Mature height can be a maximum 8 inches for height and 12 inches in width. Growing speed can range from 1 to 2 years depending on location and environmental factors. The Rock Cap Fern features lobes that are straight and climbing in the perfect atmosphere or than can be found bowing in a dry climate. The lobes range between 4 to 12 inches in length. Leaves are oblong with 10 to 20 pairs along each vein. The sections are shaped like a spear with wide centers and pointy tips and toothed edges and a smooth texture. Colors shown vary from yellowish green to dark green on the upper blades to light green on the lower blades. Rock Cap Ferns can be used in a diversity of landscaping concepts. One concept is applying the fern as companion vegetation for contextual color in a flower garden. Another idea is to use the plant as a filler for empty spaces or as a ground cover. Additional landscape designs entail border plants and lining pathways.