Blue Star Fern - Phlebodium aureum - British Grown

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Scientific Name
Phlebodium aureum (vein-like gold) 'Blue Star'

Common Name
Blue Star Fern, Golden Polypody, Golden Serpent Fern, Cabbage Palm Fern

Tropical rainforests of South America

The Blue Star Fern gets its name from the blue-green hue of its foliage, a fascinating colouring which will look great in your home. Its leaves also give it many of its names in their shape, being likened to veins, feet, stars or serpents; whatever you compare them to, the thick fronds of this fern's leaves give it a bushy, easy-to-maintain foliage which can thrive in your home, either in a hanging pot or standing on your sideboard.

Can withstand all ranges of indirect light- just don't place it in your brightest window, where it will get sunburnt!


Allow the top third of the soil to dry out in between watering; this plant is not very resistant to drought, so be sure to keep its hydration regular!

Thrives in higher humidity, so will appreciate a humidity tray or more frequent misting.


Use a well-draining but moisture retentive mix to satisfy your Blue Star's thirst and make sure it doesn't drown.

Feed every four waters in the growing season, reduce to every six in autumn and winter.


Average household temperatures of about 18-26°C are fine- make sure it doesn't drop below 12°C in winter.

Yes, but too much nibbling won't be good for pets, small humans or the plant!

Sprouts Top Tips
When watering, make sure to hydrate the visible 'hairy' parts of the root, which will encourage growth.