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Acrostichum danaeifolium

Giant leather fern, Leather fern, Inland leather fern

Giant Leather Fern (Acrostichum danaeifolium) is a large, water-loving fern native to central and south Florida as well as Central and South American and the Caribbean. It can found in coastal hammocks and brackish and mangrove swamps as well as further inland along pond edges, where its strong, spreading roots help to prevent erosion along waterway edges. Florida’s largest fern, A. danaeifolium will produce erect fronds up to 12 feet long and 2 feet wide and tends to form clumps. It grows well in sun to light shade and consistently moist soil, but may be able to tolerate short periods of drought.

Environment

Zone_8Zone_12 8 to 12

Water_use_3Water_use_5 Average to Very High

Exposure_1Exposure_3 Full Shade to Full Sun

Growth Rate Moderate

Height 12' 0" (3.6576 m)

Width 5' 0" (1.524 m)

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