Polypodium polypodioides, Resurrection fern, Pleopeltis polypodioides (syn.)
The folks over at Gardening Gone Wild are having a photo contest. The theme is to show a native plant or a plant indigenous to your region.
While this particular entry isn't a blooming flower the three natives shown are all favorites of mine. In my garden so much of the understory is supported by the dramatic, erect fans of Serenoa repens, saw palmettos serving as foundational plants. I adore the epiphyte resurrection fern thriving on the native Quercus geminata, sand live oak trees.
What makes resurrection fern so unique is that when dry it is gray, scaly and curled up and rolled inward like a fiddle head, but when moisture returns the fronds resurrect becoming soft and green and unfurling to regain the original shape.
If blooms are what you're hankering for check out my blog header for my native Echinacea.
This photo might just be a sneak peek into tomorrow's post... "The Six Plants I Can't Live Without". Be sure to check back Monday. Hoe and Shovel has been invited to join blogs from around this great country for my humble opinion of "The Six Plants I Can't Live Without."
There will be many zones represented with posts from Alabama, California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.
Go to Southern Livings' The Grumpy Gardener for more information.