Looking lovely in the mid-January winter garden is the fern, Neolepisorus fortunei ‘Green Ribbons’. This fascinating evergreen fern looks nothing like what most gardeners are familiar with, when they think ferns. Neolepisorus is one of several genera of ferns, known as ribbon ferns. These ferns grow epiphytically (on trees) and lithophytically (on rocks), mostly in Southeast Asia. Green Ribbons is a native to southern China. This patch was planted in 2009, so it is now celebrating it’s 15th birthday. Light shade to morning sun is ideal. Our plant is growing at the base of a large pine tree, so the soil is about as dry as it could get. More moisture would be welcomed as long as the soil is well-drained. Hardiness is Zone 7b-10b.

Neolepisorus fortunei ‘Green Ribbons’

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