A special thank you to Laurie Heatley and her family for their in-kind donations of Platyceriums, also known as staghorn ferns, to the Legacy Garden. Their uniquely shaped fronds can be seen hanging from the large oak trees to the left as you enter the garden from S. Denning Drive.
Staghorn ferns grow on trees and rocks and can be found in tropical and temperate areas. These oddly shaped ferns are propagated by spores that are produced on the underside of the fertile fronds. If the conditions are right, the spores will germinate naturally on surrounding trees. Some species of Platycerium are solitary, having only one rhizome. Other species form colonies when their rhizomes branch or when new rhizomes are formed from root tips.
A mature staghorn fern can grow up to four feet and can be easily divided into smaller plants. The new plants can then be attached to board mounts, hung, or strapped to trees until they take to the tree themselves. Come out and see our growing collection of staghorns and how beautiful they make the garden!