Hart's Tongue Fern. A distinctive fern whose undissected pale green leaves sets it apart from its allies. A tidy evergreen compact clumper which is easy to please and goes so well with Trilliums and Arisaemas.
A narrow leafed version of the classic Hart's Tongue fern from Europe. We've seen the typical species happily growing in English hedgerows and closer to home, naturalizing on a shaded mossy brick wall at June Sinclair's garden. This form is quite striking with it's stiff, evergreen lance-shaped leaves and would be well suited to an artist's garden.
Crested Hart's Tongue Fern. Nice variation on a classic plant of the English hedgerows and shaded copse. The evergreen leaves on this form terminate in variable fans or crests which adds a layer of interest to an already interesting fern. Piece of cake to grow, this will sow by spores on moist mossy rocks in the garden.
I don't know about you but personally speaking, furcate leaves really float my boat. Fancy way of saying divided into two parts but I tend to think of this form of the Hart's Tongue Fern as having antlered leaves because if the regular form can have leaves like a deer's tongue, why not leaves like antlers in this form? Evergreen, rabbit resistant.
Maidenhair Spleenwort. I love common names. I must dig out our 15th century Herbal and read up on how to properly decoct this sweet little fern for afflicting humors of the spleen. Or I can just grow it in a gritty well-drained shaded rock garden and enjoy its evergreen delicacy.
It is unthinkable that any improvement could be made on the classic lines and refined presentation that is the stock and bond of typical Maidenhair Spleenwort but as is so often the case in our waning years, we are confronted by contradictions to our comfortable precepts. In this case, WOOHOO! The tip of each frond is intricately crested.
Dragontail Fern. This natural hybrid is the result of some hanky-panky between two eastern US species, Asplenium rhizophyllum and A. platyneuron. The result is a fine amalgamation of the good traits of both parents bringing forward the nice pinnae and dark stipe of rhizophyllum with the slimly tailored leaf blade of platyneuron.