Polypodium vulgare is a versatile, adaptable spreading evergreen fern, up to 40cm in deep moist soils or staying smaller as an addition to pots or vertical plantings.
The rhizome slowly creeps along wherever it can get a purchase, tolerating extreme drought once established.
Polypodium vulgare, the fern with many feet as the name suggests, is quite an ubiquitous fern in Europe and North America, though biologists have had a hard time tracing its origin.
The plant is very unpretentious about its location, being classified as a lithophyte : can grow on rocks, in every nook and cranny it can find. It was even found as an epiphyte plant, growing on moss on trees.
Care & Size Guidance
Very few ferns are as undemanding as the Polypodium vulgare.
Left to its own devices, the plant will spread indefinitely without becoming invasive. It creates a wonderful groundcover under trees and it will manage to survive in the most unhospitable environments.