Herbs & Plants

Asplenium bulbiferum


Botanical Name : Asplenium bulbiferum
Family: Aspleniaceae
Genus: Asplenium
Species: A. bulbiferum
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pteridophyta
Class: Polypodiopsida
Order: Polypodiales

Synonym: Asplenium Mother fern

Common Names :Mother spleenwort,Hen and chicken fern, in the M?ori language, Pikopiko, Mouku or Mauku, Parsley Fern

Habitat:Asplenium bulbiferum is native to Australia, New Zealand. It grows in the riversides in lowland and lower montane forest in New Zealand.

Asplenium bulbiferum is an evergreen Fern growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.3 m (1ft in) at a slow rate.The fern is bright green, finely-cut fronds emerge from a single crown. Evergreen foliage has a graceful, arching habit that provides excellent contrast in the shady landscape.The ferns grow small bulbils on top of their fronds. Once grown to about 5 cm (2 in), these offspring fall off and, provided the soil they land in is kept moist, develop a root system and grow into new ferns. This additional means of reproduction can be employed with greater ease than propagation by spores. The related species A. viviparum has a similar mode of reproduction….CLICK & SEE THE  PICTURES
Requires a moist humus-rich soil in semi-shade. Plants are probably not hardy outdoors in Britain but may be worth trying in very sheltered positions. The young growth in spring, even on mature plants, is frost-tender and so it is best to grow the plants in a position sheltered from the early morning sun[K]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233]. Special Features: Attractive foliage, Not North American native, Naturalizing, There are no flowers or blooms.

Spores – best sown as soon as they are ripe on the surface of a humus-rich sterilized soil. Keep the compost moist, preferably by putting a plastic bag over the pot. Germinates in spring. Spring sown spores germinate in 1 – 3 months at 15°c. Pot on small clumps of plantlets as soon as they are large enough to handle and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse. Keep them humid until they are well established. When they are at least 15cm tall, plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer. This plant can also be propagated by means of small bulblets that form on the sides of leaves in the growing season. Pot these bulblets up when they detach easily from the parent plant and grow on in the greenhouse for at least the first winter.

Edible Uses: Root – cooked. Young fronds – cooked. Used before they uncurl, they taste somewhat like a slightly bitter asparagus.

Medicinal Uses: Not yet known.

Other uses:  Landscape Uses:Container, Ground cover, Massing, Specimen, Woodland garden.

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