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Polypodium glycyrrhiza


Licorice fern gets its name from the flavour of the rhizome when chewed. Try it if you like black licorice. This BC native is an epiphytic or lithophytic species growing on trees or rocks, particularly big leaf maples (Acer macrophyllum). It is elegant, somewhat sinuous, light green fronds. Grow it in hanging baskets, in shady crevices or on thin evenly moist soils. Evergreen if kept moist year-round otherwise will go summer dormant.

Common Name: Licorice Fern

Family: Polypodiaceae (The Polypody Family)

Zone Hardiness: 6-9

Light: Full Shade, Part Shade

Height: 8-12"

Width: 8-12"

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Class: Evergreen

Type: Perennial

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Soil Moisture: Moist, Average, Drought Tolerant

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Fragrance: No

Berries: No


Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: Yes

Native Habitat: Dry and seasonally wet rocks. trees, and soil humus in lowland to montane zones from sea level to 1360 m in BC.


Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America

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