The elkhorn fern, or Platycerium bifurcatum, is an epiphytic fern with a distinctive and decorative form of growth. The fern grows from a collection of plantlets, which attach to the host tree. Each of these smaller plants has a central nest frond, and this central nest sends out long antler shaped fronds. The plant can become quite large as it grows new plantlets. Elkhorns are native to coastal Queensland and NSW.
Elkhorn ferns need a shady spot and like to be kept moist and are not frost hardy.
|Scientific Name:||Platycerium bifurcatum|
|Common Name:||Elkhorn Fern|
|Height:||1 ~ 2 metre|
|Width:||1 ~ 2 metre|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral|
|Climate Zone:||Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate|
|Light:||Light shade, Half shade, Heavy shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Weeping|
|Soil Moisture:||Moist moderate drainage, Needs regular watering|
|Frost Tolerance:||Not frost tolerant|
|Plant Usage:||Feature plant, Attractive foliage, Wow factor|
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