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Polypodium scouleri

A species from the Pacific Northwest. It grows along the coast from British Columbia south to Baja California but most common in the northern part of the range and always within a few hundred yards of the coast.
Named after Dr. John Scouler who was travelling with David Douglas during his 1825 expedition.
It has grown vigorously here under a large Rhododendron, protected from the glare of the sun. It died after about ten years in a drought.

27th December 2013

10th October 2023
I have replaced the species with this young plant from Julian Reed (National Collection holder) at the Great Dixter Plant Fair. I know nothing about it except that it was described as the tetraploid form.


  • Olsen, Sue. 'Encyclopaedia of Garden Ferns', Timber Press 2007.