Blue Star Fern - Phlebodium aureum 'Blue Star'
Blue Star Ferns are epiphytes, in the wild, they grow on the side of trees, where they draw most of their nutrients from.
My crinkly leaves change depending on how they catch the light, and can appear blue or green. This creates depth and movement, ensuring I'm one of the most popular ferns around.
Phlebodium aureus grows under the dense rainforest canopy and requires little light to survive. They absorb moisture from humidity in the air, rather than through their roots alone. Perfect bathroom buddies!
This funky fern has sturdy, elongated, blue-green fronds that curl as they grow and spill out of their pot, making them wonderful hanging plants for a slightly shady corner. Ours even come with their very own detachable hanger, so you can put it straight up on a hook, railing or beam.
Growing pot size: 17cm plus hanging hook. We advise buying a larger decorative pot size as the lip of the hanging pot makes it slightly bigger
Overall plant height including growing pot: 30-40cm
Key Benefits of Blue Star Fern — Purifying and Balancing
Ferns in general are great air purifiers. Blue Star Fern leaves have high surface areas which are great for filtering nasties from the air. They are also brilliant humidifiers, great for your lungs!
Ferns are also awesome at soaking electromagnetic waves which help us balance our technology-filled lives.
Plant Care Tips: Blue Star Fern
Although they are easy-to-care indoor pot plants, in their natural habitat, Blue Star Ferns are found growing on the bark of host trees in the shaded rainforests of tropical America.
They are used to mid-to-higher temperatures (12° to 26℃) and can be grown outside during the summer months as long as they are not exposed to direct sunlight for over an hour.
Indoors, it’s recommended to place them away from radiators and heaters.
Phlebodiums are hard plants and can survive for a long time providing their needs are met.
Because of their natural habitat, they prefer shady and humid conditions with mid to lower light levels and weekly watering sessions to maintain their soil moist (not wet). They will also enjoy being placed in between other plants or a pebble tray partially filled with water.
Stealy kitchens and bathrooms are their favourite rooms in a home.
The Blue Star Fern Story
Also known as Harefoot fern and golden polypody.
Ferns are some of the oldest living plants around. They evolved millions of years ago and continue to succeed today.
Where is it from?
Tropical forests of South America.
Good For You!
- Form: Wavy lobed fronds and curly leaves create depth and movement
- Colour: Green colours will balance you and bring you to nature and blues will make you calm and peaceful
Did you know
In Victorian times, there was a Fern-Fever called Pteridomania with Fern motifs appearing everywhere from pottery and textiles to gravestones and memorials.
Is The Blue Star Fern The Right Plant For Me?
Quirky looks and ease of care are increasing these though indoor plant’s popularity, especially among new plant parents who want to bring balance and calm to their home or office.
Pets: Pet Friendly
How tall does it grow?
It grows around a meter in height
Useful to know:
I come from the tropical Rainforests of South America.
Blue Star Fern can grow to as high as 1 meter. Care for me well, and I will grow quickly.
I don't need too much light so I can be kept in offices and bedrooms.
Keep my soil a little moist but please don't down me. I like to be watered from my sides, rather than directly onto my leaves.
Blue Star Fern like to be between 16 and 24 degrees, so I should be fine in most households, but keep me away from draughts.
I'm not very hungry but I'd like some liquid fertiliser during the growing season.
Repot only when I've totally outgrown my pot as I prefer to be rootbound. I am one of the best plants for physical health.
Make sure I am not left sitting in water.
Good news: I am pet friendly!
I am an epiphyte which means that I can grow on trees as well as in soil.
*Decorative pot sold separately.
A lovely, easy going plant that is safe around pets. The Blue Star Fern is totally a people pleaser!