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FERN: Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas Fern)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Christmas Fern is a forever plant, a lifetime fern with beautiful leathery lance-shaped fronds growing in arching, circular clusters from the crown. The common name is derived from its evergreen nature and from the shape of its pinnae which suggest Christmas stockings. This native is common throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. Continue reading

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FERN: Dennstaedtia punctilobula (Hay Scented Fern)

Dennstaedtia punctilobula (Hay Scented Fern), this week’s Tried and True Native Plant Selection for the Mid-Atlantic turns a beautiful shade of yellow in the fall. Continue reading

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FERN: Osmunda spectabilis (Royal Fern)

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This native fern, one of North America’s largest, is frequent to common in moist woods through much of the Mid-Atlantic Region. Previously known as Osmunda regalis, its unique fronds are cut into large rounded leaflets. Another common name “flowering fern” refers to its tassel-like fertile clusters. Continue reading

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FERN: Osmunda claytoniana (Interrupted Fern)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This native, more common to western and northern portions of the Mid-Atlantic Region, grows in moist woods, slopes and swamp edges. The term “interrupted” in its common name refers to the distinctive gap left in the middle of the fern blade when fertile leaflets wither and fall off mid-summer. Continue reading

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