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A picture of a Staghorn Fern

Staghorn Fern

Platycerium superbum

Also known as

Elkhorn fern

Balboa Park Botanical Building by Herb Neufeld (CC BY 2.0)

Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size






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A photo of Staghorn Fern
A photo of Staghorn Fern
A photo of Staghorn Fern

Staghorn Fern Overview

This epiphytic fern has evergreen fronds of two types: sterile and fertile, these are both broad and branching, resembling a stag's horns. This species originates from Australia and is found near rainforest environments. Most of the fronds are fertile, grey-green, arching and can reach around 2m in length, sterile fronds will turn brown as they age. These sterile fronds are arranged in a nest structure capable of collecting leaf litter and this may reach a metre in width. This species is widely cultivated as an ornamental species for garden planting.

How to propagate Staghorn Fern


You can propagate by detaching buds in the spring or summer and planting in compost.


Spores in summer or early autumn.

Other uses of Staghorn Fern

Commonly named after stag or elkhorn antlers which the leaves closely resemble.


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