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Microsorum scolopendria 'Wart Fern'

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About This Product

Species Name: Microsorum scolopendria

Common name(s): Wart fern, Kangaroo fern, Monarch fern, Musk fern, and Serpent fern

Defining Characteristics: 

  • Smooth, leathery textured foliage
  • Fronds are fragrant when crushed and have commercial uses in perfume and coconut oils.
  • Wide, lobed fronds

Recommended Pot Size: Medium - Large 

Josh’s Frogs offers a wide variety of glass terrariums, container garden soils, drainage layers, and other supplies for all of your indoor gardening needs.


Temperature requirement: Between 65-80°F

Humidity:  Humid (70-100%) 

Watering frequency: Water regularly, drought tolerant but prefers consistently moist soil 

Lighting:     Full Shade -  Partial Shade  

Soil type: Well draining potting soil or a prepared soil mixture such as Josh's Frogs Potting Soil mix offered Here

Growth rate: Slow

Height: 3-4’

Origin: Africa, Sri Lanka, Southern China, South East Asia, Australia, and Polynesia

Regional locality: Primary and secondary Rainforests as well as rocky cliffs and coastlines 

USDA Hardiness Zone: 7-10

Suggested Vivarium/ Animal Terrarium Use: 




  • Frogs & Toads
  • Lizards & turtles
  • Aquatic Set-ups
  • Frogs & Toads ✔
  • Lizards & turtles ✔
  • Snakes ✔
  • Geckos ✔
  • Temperate Vivariums ✔



  • Frogs & Toads ✔
  • Lizards & turtles ✔
  • Snakes ✔
  • Geckos ✔
  • Tropical Vivariums ✔
  • Toads
  • Lizards and tortoises
  • Geckos
  • Desert Vivariums

Care Notes: Highly disease and pest resistant and looks attractive in a hanging basket

Shipping Notes: 

As a good practice, Josh's Frogs recommends washing all plants thoroughly removing as much soil as possible with dechlorinated water before placing them in their final home. Live plants may vary in color, size, and appearance.

The plant pictured is in a 2.5" pot.


This product ships to your doorstep. Most orders placed before 2pm ET on business days will ship out the same day.

Import/export restrictions on this product require that it can only be shipped to destinations within the United States.

Restrictions on this product that prohibit shipping to the following states: HI.

Live Arrival Guarantee

This product is covered under our Live Arrival Guarantee. If your insect/animal does not arrive in good health, we'll make it right, provided the following criteria are met:

  • If shipped Two Day, the temperature experienced during shipping must remain between -20 and 120 °F.
  • If shipped Next Day, the temperature experienced during shipping must remain between -40 and 120 °F.
  • If shipped Ground, the temperature experienced during shipping must remain between 20 and 85 °F.

You'll be notified during the checkout process if your purchase qualifies for our guarantee.

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After getting this planted in and watered it one of the runners is almost straight up in the air. At least I think it is a runner. Another plant I thought would be great for YSCT, might take up too much space. But not a problem my next tank I am working on is my Tiger Salamander cage, so they'll get this growing right over a little cave for them. I must admit I am excited to see this get big.


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Large, healthy specimen

Very happy with this fern. This one if for myself and not the pets ;)

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