Platycerium bifurcatum – Elkhorn Fern

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.

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Scientific Name:Platycerium bifurcatum
Common Name:Elkhorn Fern
Plant Type:Fern
Height:1 ~ 2 metre
Width:1 ~ 2 metre
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Plant Environment:Courtyard
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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