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Huperzia squarrosa/Rock Tassel Fern, Water Fern

Huperzia squarrosa / Huperzia squarrosa
A close-up of tassels
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A close-up of tassels

Growing in a basket with the tallels just beginning to cascade

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Scientific Name: Huperzia squarrosa
Common Name: Rock Tassel Fern, Water Fern
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 10, 11, 12 Determine Your Zone
Height: Under 1 foot
Spread: 1-2 feet
Light Exposure: Filtered Shade, Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
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Comments: This ephiphyte (growing on trees) Australian native is closely elated to ancient plants and is probably on a list of those protected. The tassels are stems covered with pale green leaves. As the tassels grow, they cascade making this a wonderful hanging basket choice. Damage occurs when plants are exposed to temperatures below 30 degrees F.