Acrostichum aureum, also known as Piai Raya, is a small plant that grows to a height of between 2 and 5 feet tall. Native to Pantropical, it grows in USDA Zone 9-11 and is a great plant for adding ornamental foliage to gardens and yards. It is a flood and seaside tolerant plant and can even tolerate salt.
This plant prefers full sun to semi-shade, and can also be grown in boggy or aquatic soil. It needs regular water to keep it looking its best, so make sure to water it every few days during dry spells. Additionally, Piai Raya has ethnomedical properties, and has been known to be used for medicinal purposes.
Growers in cold regions should take special care when growing this plant in a pot. It is best to select a pot with several drainage holes, and the soil mix should be one that readily drains. Additionally, ensure that the pot is well insulated, as the roots are vulnerable to extreme temperatures. Ensure that the soil is also kept moist and fertilize every couple of weeks. With a bit of extra care, Acrostichum aureum can thrive in colder climates.