Lygodium japonicum (Japanese Climbing Fern)

Lygodium japonicum, commonly known as the Japanese Climbing Fern, is a fast-growing species of fern native to East Asia. It was introduced to the United States in the early 1900s and can now be found in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina Pennsylvania, South Carolina Texas, and Puerto Rico.

The Lygodium japonicum can grow up to 15 feet tall and has stems that are covered with small leaves. The leaves have an interesting shape which gives them their common name “climbing fern” – they curl into a spiral at the end creating what looks like climbing tendrils. These little tendrils help it cling to other plants or structures for support as it grows taller.

Lygodium japonicum Information

Common NamesJapanese Climbing Fern
Introduced to USAAL, AR, FL, GA, HI, LA, MS, NC, PA, SC, TX + PR 
Size15 feet tall

In nature, this plant prefers moist wooded areas but is also well suited for gardens where it can provide shade coverage along walls or fences while still allowing sunlight through its lacy foliage. It propagates easily from spores so once established you will find many new plants popping up around your garden if left unchecked!

Overall Lygodium Japonicum is an easy-care plant that adds beauty and texture to any landscape with minimal effort required on your part! It is an excellent choice for gardeners of any experience level who want a low-maintenance but attractive addition to their outdoor space!  So if you’re looking for something special, consider giving the Japanese Climbing Fern a try. It’s sure to add some interest and color to your landscape. Happy gardening!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Lygodium japonicum edible?

No, Lygodium japonicum is not edible.

Is Lygodium japonicum an invasive species of plant?

Yes, Lygodium japonicum is considered an invasive species in some parts of the United States, most notably in Florida and Hawaii.