Swamp Fern – (Blechnum serrulatum)
The Swamp Fern is native to Florida and can grow up to 4 ft. tall. It is also known as the toothed midsorus fern or saw fern. The Swamp fern likes moist acidic soil and is seen in swamps, ponds and other wetland areas. It grows shorter and more leathery in the sun and taller and more pliable in shade. The plant spreads by underground runners or rhizomes and by releasing spores from its’ leaves. It is probably the most common fern seen in Florida. The Swamp Fern is sold in nursery’s in Florida because of it’s attractive appearance and natural look that it gives to gardens and landscapes. There are over 100 different types of ferns that exist in Florida. Many people use them for ornamental purposes on their lawns and gardens. The Lee County Extension office has some excellent pictures and information about this plant. Another good source of information about popular ferns in Florida can be found at the South Florida Plant Guide website.
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