I got a case of Staghorn Fern Fever and these guys hanging out in Golden Gate Park has the cure. The top bunch can be found in the Primitive Plant Section in the Strybing Arboretum, but don’t touch…….cuz they may have tracking devices. I heard about this, but thought it was an urban legend.
Staghorn Ferns - Platycerium bifurcatum
You’ll also find Stags in the Australian section (above) and I remember seeing some near the old Redwoods. Staghorns…also known as Elkhorn Ferns in some parts…will attach themselves to trees, but don’t actually leach any nutrients from their host tree. It’s strictly just for support.
Mounted Staghorn Fern
BTW, I’m getting excited for the Staghorn Mounting Class we are teaching tonight. Above is one of my old school experimental mounting techniques. Now we use all sorts of reclaimed wood.
The DIY Mounted Staghorn Ferns workshop is taking off. We had a full crew last class, and I was taken back how creative people can be. Staghorn Fern wall Art. That bottom right one is a demo I made a … Continue reading →
I did a search for ‘Staghorn’ on our blog, and 12 posts popped up. Ummm, we really like these cool epiphytes. Staghorn Ferns (Platycerium) like to grow on other plants and things, but they don’t suck the life out of … Continue reading →
Megan was able to get home Thursday before the sun set on the garden and took some photos of our latest mounted Staghorn fern, also known as an Elkhorn fern. Though this Staghorn did not have the botanical name with … Continue reading →