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Blue Star Fern

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Blue Star Fern or Phlebodium aureum are tropical ferns with beautiful, blue-grey, eucalyptus coloured leaves. They are one of the easiest ferns to look after as a houseplant and can acclimatise to a wide range of conditions.

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Plant Happiness

To see me at my best

Put me in a bright location out of direct sunshine, in an area with high humidity.

Plant Care Tips

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Keep in a humid bathroom or kitchen, or near a humidifier.

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I thrive in bright indirect light, out of direct sunlight. I can also tolerate light shade.

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When my topsoil is dry water me around my centre, to avoid my roots getting too wet and rotting.

About Blue Star Fern


Blue Star Ferns are a member of a small and newly discovered plant genus called Phlebodium, one of the 178 genera in the fern family called Polypodiaceae.


Blue Star Ferns are epiphytes, living in the canopies of tropical rainforests. It is commonly found in the cloud forests of South America and the Caribbean. In Florida, the Blue Star Fern can even be found growing in swamps.


In its natural habitat, the Blue Star Fern lives below the tree canopy, enjoying filtered, bright light and high levels of moisture. They will thrive in similar conditions and would suit being kept in your bathroom or kitchen.

Did you know?

Blue Star Ferns have been used in traditional medicine to treat a range of conditions, including dermatology. There is even some evidence of their effectiveness in blocking UV rays.


This plant is non-toxic so although not advised should pose no harm if accidentally chewed or eaten by your furry friends.

Also Known As

Golden Polypody; Golden Serpent Fern; Cabbage Palm Fern; Gold-foot Fern; Blue-star Fern; Hare-foot Fern

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