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Selaginella braunii /Arborvitae Fern

Selaginella braunii  / Selaginella braunii
The arborvitae fern makes a handsome ground cover of flat fronds
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The arborvitae fern makes a handsome ground cover of flat fronds

Planting in a Japanese garden

This fern does well with morning sun but protected from the hot, direct afternoon sun

Ground cover

Ground cover sowing some cold damage in winter

Grows well where there is a generous amount of humus in the soil

Likes the same environment that is favored by most ferns

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Scientific Name: Selaginella braunii
Common Name: Arborvitae Fern
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8 Determine Your Zone
Height: Under 1 foot
Spread: 1-2 feet
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Ground covers
Comments: The arborvitae fern grows well in partial sun where the soil has a generous amount of humus. The fronds with scale-like foliage turns several stages of green during the year. In early spring it is a tender light green and during cold winters the foliage can be bronze colored. This perennial can make a handsome ground cover, and also grows well in containers. Clip back old brown foliage in late winter.