Platycerium superbum – Staghorn Fern

The staghorn fern, or Platycerium superbum, is an epiphytic large fern that grows well in sub-tropical to tropical areas, and in sheltered spots in temperate areas. The fern is native to rainforest areas of northern NSW and Queensland, where it grows on trees or sometimes on rocks. The fern resembles a collection of antlers (hence the name), that grow from a central crown or nest of fronds. This crown collects leaf litter and dead insects, which feed the plant. The antler fronds can grow to 2 metres.

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Family:Polypodiaceae
Scientific Name:Platycerium superbum
Common Name:Staghorn Fern
Plant Type:Fern
Height:1 ~ 2 metre
Width:0.6 ~ 1 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
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Moist moderate drainage, Needs regular watering
Frost Tolerance:Not frost tolerant
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Attractive foliage, Wow factor

 

 


 

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

 

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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