Polypodium glycyrrhiza

Licorice fern

Fern Facts


Hardiness (USDA zones): 5-8

Size: 1' - 2'

Size (cm): 30cm-61cm

Height and Spread: Medium - 1' to 3' in height or spread in 5 years

Light Requirements: Deep shade tolerant

Water Needs: Drought Tolerant

Origin: North America, Pacific Northwest


A Pacific Northwest native that’s most commonly found growing on big-leaf maples. It can be persuaded to also grow on logs, rocks, and the ground as a sedately spreading ground cover. Goes dormant in the summer. Edible root used by Native Americans as treatment for a variety of chest complaints.

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