Phlebodium Aureum

Blue star fern

Why we love Toby

A very easy plant for beginners, Toby has attractive long leaves with a soft blue tinge. He’s got pots of personality.

Most light conditions
Easy care
The patch promise

Fertilising isn’t essential but if you want to give him a boost in spring, give him a light feed with liquid fertiliser diluted to half-strength.

Quick facts

Botanical name

Phlebodium aureum


Blue star fern; Golden polypody; Hare-foot fern 

Plant type

Fern, indoor

Air purifying


Plant height (including pot)


Pet/baby safe


Nursery pot size


About phlebodium aureum

This beautiful fern, with its soft blue-green leaves, is an epiphyte. For those not fully up on their greek etymology, an epiphyte is a plant that grows on another plant. In tropical forests in the Americas, phlebodium aureum will nestle in the branches of huge trees. It can grow to enormous sizes, sometimes with leaves as long as 130cm. It won’t reach a fraction of that size indoors, you’ll be relieved to hear.

Considering its natural habitat will give you a good idea of how to care for it. Living in trees means it’s not used to direct light and will tolerate some shade. Living in tropical forests means it really loves humidity. It will also appreciate a monthly feed with liquid fertiliser in spring and summer.

To keep it happy, try to mimic those forest conditions as much as possible. No need to get any parrots or tree frogs in or anything.

Did you know?

Phlebodium aureum has been used as a medicine to treat all sorts of conditions from asthma to psoriasis. (Nevertheless, do not eat it).

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