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FERN: Adiantum pedatum (Northern Maidenhair Fern)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Northern Maidenhair Fern is an elegant ornamental plant with striking
black stalks that will not go unnoticed in a shaded border or garden. This
native of moist woods in much of the eastern half of North America* has a
singular growth habit with its fronds held horizontally in the shape of a fan.
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My Favorite Houseplant for Beginners

The houseplant I always recommend to beginners is Philodendron hederaceum (heartleaf philodendron). The No. 1 reason I recommend heartleaf philodendron to beginners is because it is extremely forgiving and thrives in a variety of conditions. This plant will grow in bright light or low light, in warmer or cooler temperatures. It doesn’t need humidity, but doesn’t mind it. It’s happy if you keep the soil moist or if you let it dry out between waterings. It will even tell you when it needs water! The leaves will droop a bit, but give it a drink and it perks right up. Simply put, you probably won’t kill a heartleaf philodendron while you learn the ins and outs of caring for houseplants. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Sporangium

Although sporangia, in which spores are produced and stored, are often associated with fungi and seedless plants, such as bryophytes (e.g., mosses) and ferns, they occur in all plants some time during their life cycles. Continue reading

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PERENNIAL: Aquilegia canadensis (Wild or Eastern Red Columbine)

Aquilegia canadensis (Eastern Columbine) is this week’s selection for Tried and True Plants of the Mid-Atlantic Region. Continue reading

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