Widespread and variable group of rhizomatous ferns, once called spleenwort for alleged medicinal value. These evergreen species resemble one another only in botanical details and in their need for shade and liberal watering. Unlike many other ferns, they need a rest period from late fall to early spring when grown indoors; during that time, reduce watering and withhold fertilizer.Asplenium trichomanes
Native to much of the Northern Hemisphere, this delicate fern grows in a clump to 6 in. high, 8 in.wide. Narrow bright green fronds are 4–8 in. long; round (or nearly so) leaflets are only 1/2 in. long. Likes lime. Attractive in wall crevices where it can be seen close up or in a shady rock garden.
Native to much of the Northern Hemisphere, this delicate fern grows in a clump to 6 in. high, 8 in.wid...
Native to Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Slow-growing tree to 30–50 ft. tall, with bro...
Clumps of finely cut, shiny dark green leaves put up 2–3-ft.-tall stems terminating in –yell...