Asplenium spp.



Synonyms:  Asplenium abscissum, Asplenium platyneuron, Asplenium heterochroum, Asplenium heteroresiliens, Asplenium xheteroresiliens

Use this link to get more info about this plant from the USF Institute for Systematic Botany

Plant Specifics

Form: fern
Life Span: short-lived perennial
Size: Height: Most 0.5 to 1 ft    Width: Most 1 ft
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Retain and treasure if already present. Spleenworts can be used in rock gardens where they grow well on limestone boulders. Many will also do well on logs. A few (such as Asplenium abscissum) can be grown as groundcovers.
Propagation: Division or spores. Osorio (2001) indicated that this is species has no vegetative spread and that it very rarely spreads from spored. Treasure it if you have it.
Availability: Specialty providers
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam, lime rock
Soil pH Range: High for rockland species.


Native Habitats: Around sinkholes and on rocks. Epiphytic on logs and trees. Moist sites.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

Many spleenworts are rare. Please do not harvest from the wild. Most spleenworts have very narrow ranges and narrow environmental tolerances. Don't confuse with the invasive tuberous sword fern Nephrolepis cordifolia--if the fern spreads via rhizomes and is abundant, it's probably the sword fern.