Acrostichum danaeifolium

giant leather fern


wildlife plant   wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: fern
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 6 - 12 ft    Width: 5-10 ft
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown


Noted for: Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:

Specimen plant or mass background planting in moist areas. Could be used as a hedge. As this fern gets very tall, it is not appropriate as a groundcover.


Not drought tolerant.

Availability: Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay, loam, organic material (muck)
Soil pH Range: circum neutral


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  

Used as cover.

Native Habitats:

Brackish and freshwater marshes, swamps, river floodplains.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Fiddleheads are edible.  Fronds have been used as thatch.

Other Comments:

Can be cut back to improve appearance, but should not be severely pruned more than once a year. Spores cover undersides of leaves giving them a bi-color appearance.