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French Staghorn Fern - Platycerium veitchii 'Lemoinei' - 4" Pot

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French Staghorn Fern - Platycerium veitchii 'Lemoinei' - 4" Pot


The fern is native to north-east New South Wales (north of Nabiac) and Queensland. It can also be found in parts of Indonesia and Malaysia. In propagated form, the plant is grown successfully as far south as Victoria.

During the 1990s, the fern was also discovered on the Hawaiian Islands where they are now considered a "problem species".


Platycerium is a bracket epiphyte naturally occurring in and near rainforests but is now also widely cultivated as an ornamental plant for gardens.

In both naturally occurring and propagated forms, these ferns develop a humus-collecting "nest" of non-fertile fronds and in doing so can grown up to 1 metre wide. The ferns also develop hanging fertile fronds that can reach up to 2 metres long.

Both fertile and non-fertile fronds are broad and branching and grown to resemble the horns of a stag or elk, thus the common names stag horn or elk horn.


In the wild, the nest structure captures falling leaves and other detritus which then decomposes to provide the plant with nutrients. The ferns are known to favour a slightly acidic environment and so to encourage growth in propagated plants, some growers recommend adding used tea leaves directly to the plant's "nest". Others recommend doing the same with banana peel.

Give credit where credit is due: Wikipedia 2017

This native Australian staghorn grows on sun exposed boulders and rocks and is heat loving. In its native location it has to survive droughts of 2 months or more without rain. As with many drought tolerant plants its foliage is slightly glaucous with waxy hairs that protect it. It should be watered sparingly in winter. Excellent on plaques and in wooden or wire baskets.


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  • 5
    Platycerium veitchii

    Posted by Greg on Apr 29th 2024

    An extremely robust plant, an excellent value for the money, clearly very well grown. It sets a high standard and motivates me to give it the same excellent growing conditions here in my home.

  • 5

    Posted by Chris on Feb 7th 2022

    The plant was shipped promptly. It arrived well packed and healthy. I look forward to watching it grow.

  • 5
    French Staghorn Fern

    Posted by Gregory Brunker on Oct 15th 2021

    We are always pleased with the orders we place with Flower Pot. Great product partnered with exceptional service!

  • 5
    French Staghorn Fern = Lemoninei

    Posted by Gregory A Brunker on Mar 15th 2021

    We have ordered these numerous times from you and have been very pleased each time with the product we received. All are thriving just beautifully!

  • 5
    French Staghorn Fern - Platycerium veitchii Lemoinei

    Posted by cg on Mar 11th 2021

    I am excited to see this plant evolve and grow - it is small, but healthy for the 4" size that I bought - it was packed well and traveled well hydrated and without damage. I removed it from the pot to let it dry out a bit and will mount it this week once the plant has a moment to adapt to its new environment in Philadelphia! Thank you! CG

  • 5
    Horn Like Beauty

    Posted by M. Oliver on Jan 26th 2021

    This was the first time I saw the Staghorn Fern and knew I had to buy it. I love how the branches looks like its' counterpart horns. The plant was received in very good condition and I immediately displayed it. Thumbs up to this seller

  • 5

    Posted by Nancy Mickel on Oct 26th 2020

    Excellent and the fastest shipping I’ve ever seen.

  • 5
    Beautiful, healthy stags.

    Posted by Cheryl Davis on Oct 19th 2020

    They came packaged very well so I received in perfect condition. Excellent seller!!!!

  • 5
    Beautiful, healthy stags.

    Posted by Cheryl Davis on Oct 19th 2020

    They came packaged very well so I received in perfect condition. Excellent seller!!!!

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