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.
Also known as
Botrypus, Botrypus virginianus, rattlesnake fern, Virginia grape fern and Botrypus virginianus
How to care for Botrypus
Botrypus needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.
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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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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.