Ferns: Asplenium scolopendrium
Botanical name: Asplenium scolopendrium
Common name: Fern, Hart's Tongue
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Hart's Tongue Fern is clump forming. The unusual Hart's Tongue Fern is rarely found in the wild in North America but is more common in other parts of the world. It does not look like a typical fern; its foliage is strap-like, not at all lacy or delicate. The fronds are usually 15-18 inches long, roughly tongue-shaped, with a gently undulating edge. They are fairly upright and have a prominent central rib. These contrast well with some of the small-leafed shade plants such as Maidenhair Ferns, thalictrum or corydalis. Very hardy and easy to grow. They like a moist spot out of direct sun and a sweet soil. A striking plant for the edge of a shady garden. Also known as Phyllitis scolopendrium.