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Adiantum pedatum (Northern Maidenhair Fern)

The Northern Maidenhair Fern is native to the eastern half of the US and prefers rich, slightly acid to slightly basic soil in shade that is always moist but not wet. It grows along the banks of streams and on forested hillsides and coves that receive low direct sunlight. It is long rhizomous and typically reaches heights of 15-25 inches.

pH 5.7-8 Zone 3-7 Light L-M Moisture M Deciduous

 


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4 inch: April 2014

Gallon: April 2014



 
Athyrium asplenioides (Southern Lady Fern)

The Southern lady Fern has an ascending rhizome that forms a grouping of fronds to 30 inches tall. The stipes and costae vary in color from light green to medium burgundy. The fern is excellent for borders and background plantings in shady to part sunny forests and stream and pond banks.

pH 4-6 Zone 6-8 Light M Moisture M Deciduous
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4 inch: April 2014

Gallon: April 2014

 
Asplenium rhizophyllum (Walking Fern)

Walking Fern grows primarily on moss-covered limestone, marble, and other calcareous rocks in shady, damp, and rich forests. It has long attenuated entire fronds that have adventitious tips that, when rooted, produce new plants vegetatively. Because A. rhizophyllum has recumbent and small fronds, it will not flourish in soil where leaf litter accumulates. It grows and expands on moss covered rock surfaces that are slanted or elevated so that leaves fall away or are swept away by wind.

pH 6.5-8 Zone 5-7 Light M Moisture M Evergreen  

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4 inch: Late June 2014

Gallon: NA

 
Cheilanthes tomentosa (Wooly Lip Fern)

Wooly Lip Fern is a rhizomitous and epipetric (grows on rocks) fern. It occurs often on seepy sunny flatrocks with moss and also in sunny rock crevices. It survives drought times but will die if its roots completely dry out. Its a wonderful sunny rock garden fern. C. tomentosa is apogamous and produces diploid rather than the usual haploid spores. This allows the fern to reproduce without producing gamets and going through sexual reproduction.

pH 5.5-7 Zone 6-9 Light M-FS Moisture M Evergreen

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4 inch: Late June 2014

Gallon: NA

 

Cheilanthes lanosa (Hairy Lip Fern)

Cheilanthes lanosa is a small rhizomitous epipetric (grows on rocks) fern that likes sunny rock outcrops like C. tomentosa above that it sometimes grows with. C. lanosa is not apogamous, and it does not cross with C. tomentosa. Both Cheilanthes ferns can be grown successfully by (1) surrounding them on a gently sloping sunny rock surface with moss that has a capillary connection to a moisture source around the rock, or (2) planting them in narrow spaces between rocks in a rock garden so that their roots grow under the rocks.

pH 4-6 Zone 5-7 Light M-FS Moisture M Evergreen

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4 inch: Late June 2014

Gallon: NA

 
Diplazium pycnocarpon (Narrow Glade Fern)

D. pycnocarpon is a medium sized fern (up to 36 inches) of shady moist, often rocky, woods. Its 1-pinnate fronds are disposed in a bunched form from a short creeping rhizome. Fronds are slightly dimorphic. This fern is recommended for rich soil in shade and rock gardens that should be watered weekly in the absence of rain. It is a good background plant.

pH 6.5-8 Zone 3-8 Light L-M Moisture M Deciduous

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4 inch: NA

Gallon: April 2014

 
Asplenium platyneuron (Ebony Spleenwort)

Ebony Spleenwort is a cosmopolitan species in both range and ecology. It is an excellent rock garden fern, but also occurs in many ecology regimes. Its sterile fronds are usually short and close to the ground, and its fertile fronds are up to 15 inches tall and erect.

pH 4-7+ Zone 2-10 Light M-H Moisture L-M Evergreen

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4 inch: Late June 2014

Gallon: September 2014

 
Dryopteris celsa (Log Fern)

Log Fern occurs on rotting logs and other sites in swamps, seepage slopes, and hammocks mostly in Piedmont and Coastal Plain areas. Its pinnate-pinnatifid fronds range in height from 1 1/2 to 3 feet. This fern is appropriate for shady wetland gardens with humus-rich soil. Companion ferns for D. celsa are Woodwardia areolata, Onoclea sensibilis, and Athyrium asplenioides.

 

pH 5-7 Zone 6-8 Light L-M Moisture H-M Deciduous  

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4 inch: April 2014

Gallon: April 2014