Rattlesnake Fern - Botrypus Virginianus

Rattlesnake Fern for sale

Rattlesnake Fern - Botrypus virginianus Rhizomes

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Climate Zone: 3 - 10

Mature Height: 4 - 8 Inches

Mature Width: 5 - 10 Inches

Sunlight: Partial Shade to Full Shade

Soil Conditions:  Prefers Moist, Well-Drained Soils

Botanical Name: Botrypus virginianus


The Rattlesnake Fern is a fern plant that consists of a single leaf that can grow to be about 4 to 8 inches tall and about 5 to 10 inches wide. Each stem then has between five and 12 pairs of leaflets that is light to medium green in color and irregular in shape. This fern has such a unique leaf pattern is recognizable ferns available today. This fern is considered a deciduous and not an evergreen, so this fern will die down in the winters, and then it will return in the spring. The smaller fronds that the Rattlesnake Fern feature makes a perfect border in smaller flowerbeds and gardeners can rest assure that the Rattlesnake Fern will not get out of hand in their garden beds. This plant does best as a groundcover under the shade of hickory or oak trees. Rattlesnake Ferns are hard to produce more plants from the original plants, so it is best to plant as many plants as you do need have as the border or groundcover.

One interesting fact about the Rattlesnake Fern is that, unlike many other fern species, this one contains no toxic carcinogens and it is often eaten. The Rattlesnake Fern is also commonly used to make a medicinal tea that is used to treat ailments that are affecting the lungs, or it is even turned into a lotion that heals snakebites, cuts and bruises.