An unusually large award-winning epiphytic fern has found a new home at the western edge of the Perennial Garden! The plant is a 50+-year-old Staghorn Fern and won "Best in Show" at the San Francisco County Fair Flower Show twice in the 1980’s. The fern began as a single frond and has since grown to 10 feet wide, 8 feet tall, and weighs about 250 pounds. The fern was gifted to Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens by John and Monique Ziesenhenne.
Staghorn ferns are epiphytes, meaning they grow on the surface of a plant, deriving moisture and nutrients from the rain and air around it. Other examples of epiphytes include bromeliads, a variety of other ferns, and orchids growing on tree trunks in tropical rainforests.
IN THE NEWS!
Fort Bragg Advocate-News: Staghorn moves to the Mendocino Coast, Michelle Blackwell
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