Selaginella braunii

(Arborvitae Fern)


Hardiness Zones:

 6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

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Arborvitae Fern, though it produces spores is not a true fern but a prehistoric plant called a club moss.  Its thick scaly leaves, that resemble Arborvitae or Cedar, form a matting groundcover quickly shading out weeds.  Grows in partial shade to shade, in well-drained, organically enriched soil. Though it likes shady moist spots, it does not withstand standing water.  After a harsh winter if fronds appear ragged cut it back, apply an all purpose slow-release fertilizer, and new growth will appear quickly.  The clumps can be divided any time of year or cutting root easily in damp soil.

Additional information

Botanical Name

Selaginella braunii

Common Name

Arborvitae Fern

Deer Resistant


Evergreen or Deciduous


Fall Color

Bronze tones in cold weather

Foliage Color


Hardiness Zone

6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b



Light Requirements

Part to full shade

Water Needs

Average to low

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