There is a large family of Polypodium ferns with a wide variety of form and shape. Many Polypodiums are easy to grow and are ideal for pot or basket culture; some grow well in the ground. Some of the Gonophlebium species with their long weeping fronds are very prized and make spectacular displays. This is an evergreen fern with lance-shaped, dark green fronds, which can be leathery, 40cm (16in) long. They make good ground cover and can be grown on banks. The variety P.scouleri has salt resistant, leathery glossy, thick and rigid fronds and may do well in a hanging basket. Unlike many ferns these will grow in full sun and in well drained soil, in fact they need gritty or stony soil. They will also grow in dappled shade but need to be protected form cold, dry winds. These plants are reputed to be slug/snail resistant.