FPL | Japanese Climbing Fern

Japanese Climbing Fern

Origin: eastern Asia

Impacts: Japanese Climbing Fern grows quickly and densely over native shrubs and trees, shading and killing them.

It tends to spread along highways, into open forests, and along stream margins. It can increase in cover to form mats that completely cover native vegetation. Its spores are rapidly dispersed by wind.

As with most exotics, removal must be accomplished by hand, which is expensive and time consuming.


Lygodium japonicum

Photo courtesy of South Florida Water Management District