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.
From Australia, New Zealand. Graceful, very finely cut light green fronds to 4 ft. tall. Plant grows about 4 ft. wide. Fronds produce plantlets that can be removed and planted. Hardy to 26°F/–3°C. Watch for snails and slugs.
Native to Europe, eastern U.S. Odd fern with undivided, strap-shaped leaves 9–18 in. long; forms a clump about 2 ft. wide. Fanciers collect various dwarf, crested, or forked varieties. Needs humus; also add some limestone chips if soil is deficient in calcium. Difficult to grow where water quality is poor.
Striking in woodland or rock gardens and with rhododendrons and azaleas. Durable container plant; grows in a tight crown and can remain in the same pot for years.
Native to much of the Northern Hemisphere, this delicate fern grows in a clump to 6 in. high and 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 Europe and Asia. Nonclimbing growth to 2–3 ft. or taller and about 2 ft. wide, with da...
Though some include the word “weed” in their common name, the plants listed here are anyth...
Fine-textured; deep green with high gloss. Sprouts quickly and grows fast. Best in cool-summer climate...