Pleopeltis polypodioides var. michauxiana (Resurrection Fern)

Pleopeltis polypodioides, commonly known as the Resurrection Fern, which is a type of fern and not a wildflower.

Resurrection Ferns are native to the southeastern United States, including Texas. They are found in a variety of habitats, including forests, swamps, and rocky outcrops. The plant gets its name from its ability to survive periods of drought by becoming dormant and appearing dead, only to “resurrect” when it receives moisture. In fact, the plant can lose up to 75% of its water content and still survive.

Resurrection Ferns are epiphytes, which means they grow on other plants without harming them. They attach themselves to tree branches or other surfaces using small, hair-like structures called rhizoids. The fronds of the plant are about 10-20 cm long and are dark green when they are hydrated.

Pleopeltis polypodioides var. michauxiana Information

Family Polypodiaceae
Common Names Resurrection Fern
Native to USA AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, LA , MD, MO, MS, NC, NY, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV
Size 10-20cm long

This plant is an excellent addition to a shaded garden, as it can add a touch of greenery to tree trunks, rocks, or other surfaces. It is also an interesting plant to observe, as you can watch it go from brown and withered to green and vibrant with just a little bit of water.

In conclusion, while not a wildflower, the Resurrection Fern is a unique and fascinating plant native to Texas that can add a touch of green to any garden.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Pleopeltis polypodioides var. michauxiana edible?

No, Pleopeltis polypodioides are not typically eaten.

Is Pleopeltis polypodioides var. michauxiana an invasive species of plant?

No, Pleopeltis polypodioides is not an invasive species of plant.