Plant Care Botrypus


About Botrypus

Rattlesnake fern is native to North America, Central America, portions of South America, Eurasia, China, Korea, and Japan. It is one of the first ferns to begin growth in spring. It's a member of the Ophioglossaceae or Adder's Tongue family. The leaves of the plant are light green and the stalks are green to red.


Botrychium virginianum

Also known as

Botrypus, Botrypus virginianus, rattlesnake fern, Virginia grape fern and Botrypus virginianus

How to care for Botrypus


How often to water your Botrypus

Water needs for Botrypus
0.5 cups
every 9

Botrypus needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Botrypus in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Botrypus: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Botrypus may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Botrypus

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Botrypus: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Botrypus after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Botrypus is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
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Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Botrypus



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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