Asplenium scolopendrium

Scientific name: Asplenium scolopendrium Synonym: Phyllitis scolopendrium Family: ASPLENIACEAE Common names: "Hart's tongue fern" "burnt weed" "buttonhole" "Christ's hair" "horse tongue" Plant Type: Evergreen perennial fern Conditions: Zone: 5-9 Light: Full shade - part shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Alkaline - slightly acidic, humousy limestone soils Moisture: Medium moisture, needs good drainage Aesthetic: Plant Size: 1-1.5' H & … Continue reading Asplenium scolopendrium


Pteridium aquilinum

Scientific name: Pteridium aquilinum Family: DENNSTAEDTIACEAE Common names: "Bracken fern" "Eagle fern" "pasture brake" "fern of God" "adder's spit" Plant Type: Deciduous perennial fern Conditions: Zone: 3-10 Light: Full sun - part shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Sandy peaty acidic, grows well in poor soils Moisture: Moist-wet, drought tolerant once established Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 3-4' W … Continue reading Pteridium aquilinum

Polypodium glycyrrhiza

Scientific name: Polypodium glycyrrhiza Family: POLYPODIACEAE Common names: "Licorice fern" Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial fern Conditions: Zone: 4-9 Light: Semi-shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Moderately fertile humus Moisture: Moist well drained - summer drought Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 1' W groundcover Leaf and Stem shape: Dormant during the summer, arching dark green fronds emerge as fall approaches and all … Continue reading Polypodium glycyrrhiza

Polystichum setiferum Divisilobum Group

Scientific name: Polystichum setiferum Divisilobum Group Synonym: Polystichum setiferum 'Divisilobum' Family: DRYOPTERIDACEAE Common names: "Soft shield fern" Plant Type: Evergreen perennial fern Conditions: Zone: 6-9 Light: Semi-shade best - deep shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Humus rich, moderately fertile, less clay Moisture: Moist well drained - handles drought in shade Aesthetic: Plant Size: 20-28" H & W Leaf and Stem … Continue reading Polystichum setiferum Divisilobum Group

Athyrium niponicum var. pictum

Scientific name: Athyrium niponicum var. pictum Family: POLYPODIACEAE / WOODSIACEAE Common names: "Painted lady fern" "Japanese painted fern Plant Type: Deciduous fern Conditions: Zone: 1-9 Light: Part shade - full shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Rich, neutral - acidic, grows well in quality compost and leaf mulch Moisture: Damp well drained, requires more moisture in sun Aesthetic: Plant Size: 12"-18" H … Continue reading Athyrium niponicum var. pictum

Woodwardia fimbriata

Scientific name: Woodwardia fimbriata Family: BLECHNACEAE Common names: "Giant chain fern" Plant Type: Evergreen perennial Conditions: Zone: 8-9 Light: Dappled - semi-shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Neutral, moderately fertile Moisture: Moist - damp, damp air Aesthetic: Plant Size: 4'-9' H & W, slow to establish Leaf and Stem shape: Dramatically large bipinnate, mid-green fronds form an arching and … Continue reading Woodwardia fimbriata

Adiantum venustum

Scientific name: Adiantum venustum Family: PTERIDACEAE Common names: "Himalayan maidenhair fern" "Evergreen maidenhair" Plant Type: Herbaceous evergreen perennial Conditions: Zone: 5-8 Light: Full shade - partial shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Humus rich, moderately fertile Moisture: moist, well drained, can withstand short periods of drought Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 6" W spreading ground-cover Leaf and Stem shape: Lacy, … Continue reading Adiantum venustum