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(Royal Fern)

Regal, of outstanding merits, is but one way to describe the tremendously elegant fronds of the regal fern. Variety spectabilis is a deciduous large fern that grows from an upright, large rhizome that can become trunk-like and it is found in eastern North America. The upright rhizome can branch with age and is covered in hairs and scars wrapped in black fibrous roots, called osmunda fiber.

The arm's length-sized fronds of this fern are feather-like. This species of Osmunda is...

Image of Pellaea falcata photo by: James H. Schutte

James H. Schutte

(Sickle Fern)

An attractive, tufted fern with glossy, bright green fronds, sickle fern grows from an underground stem called a rhizome and spreads into a modest clumping mass. This species is native to the mild temperate rainforests of New Zealand and southeastern Australia.

The arrowhead-shaped fronds are lined in narrow, slightly curving, pointed leaflets (called pinnae) that are glossy, leathery and medium to dark green, darker more so in deeper shade. Each frond stem is dark brown and is tipped on the...

Image of Pellaea rotundifolia photo by: James H. Schutte

James H. Schutte


An attractive, small tufted fern with glossy, dark green fronds, buttonfern grows from an underground stem called a rhizome. This species is native to the mild temperate rainforests of New Zealand and southeastern Australia.

The narrow fronds are lined in small, rounded oval leaflets that are glossy and medium to dark green. Each frond stem is brown and is tipped on the end with one round leaflet (called a pinna). A fern does not flower, but forms spores in dotted clusters called sori; buttonfern's...

Image of Platycerium photo by: Forest & Kim Starr

Forest & Kim Starr

(Staghorn Fern)

Lush tropical graceful foliage makes staghorn and elkhorn ferns desirable for warm gardens and sunny rooms. There are about 17 species of ferns in genus Platycerium. They are native to tropical and warm-temperate areas of South America, Africa, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Guinea. These ferns are epiphytic which means they do not grow in soil but on tree branches, trunks, or even wedged in between moist rocks in a cliff.

Quite variable in its form, these ferns are mostly evergreen....

Image of Platycerium bifurcatum photo by: Gerald L. Klingaman

Gerald L. Klingaman

(Common Staghorn Fern)

Large, rounded leaves that look like shields are a backdrop to the antler-like fronds of the common staghorn fern. A cold-tender, evergreen fern, it is native from Indonesia to New Guinea and eastern Australia. It is an epiphyte - not growing in soil but upon another plant such as a tree branch, trunk, or even wedged in between rocks in a cliff.

Quite variable in its form, this fern has two types of leaves. The sterile leaves, those that will not produce spores, are rounded to heart-shaped and...

Image of Polystichum acrostichoides photo by: Gerald L. Klingaman

Gerald L. Klingaman

(Christmas Fern)

Few hardy ferns offer the winter beauty of the evergreen Christmas fern. A native of the eastern half of North America, this forest dwelling beauty naturally exists on upland and lowland sites, so it will tolerate rocky outcrops and dry shade as well as moist, fertile stream side locations. Its adaptability and lush beauty make it an ideal hardy fern for woodland gardens and shaded rockeries.

The deep green fronds of this fern form dense, upright, radial clumps and are comprised of many simple,...

(Hard Shield Fern)

The glossy fronds with toothed leaflets of hard shieldfern's habit grow in a sparse open clump. Native to rocky outcroppings in lower Europe and extreme northeastern Africa, it grows from an upright, stout and branching rhizome (underground stem).

The leathery, mid- to dark green fronds are long and broad but quickly taper to a point at their apex. A distinguishing feature of this species is that each leaflet on the frond has jagged, spiny teeth. Like all ferns, it reproduce by dark brown to black...

Image of Polystichum makinoi photo by: James Burghardt

James Burghardt

(Makinoi's Hollyfern)

Distinctive for its handsome, bright olive-green fronds with a satin-gloss finish, Makino's holly fern also has attractive brown scales on the frond stems. A clumping evergreen fern native to the mountain woodlands of southern Asia, from eastern India to China and to the Philippines, it grows from a short, stubby but erect rhizome.

The fronds are elongated, taper to a triangular tip, and divided into leaflets. The frond's stem, called a stipe, is lined in chestnut brown scales, adding nice color...

Image of Polystichum munitum photo by: TL


(Common Swordfern)

Magnificent, long, arching fronds that have a slight curl at their apex are the distinctive feature of the lush Western Swordfern. An evergreen, clumping fern native to northwestern North America, it is found in abundance in conifer forests.

The leathery fronds are dark green, divided into leaflets, and held erect in the center of the clump, but arch and reach outward around the center. The stem of the frond, called the stipe, is covered in scales that are reddish-brown to nearly black. Like all...

Image of Polystichum polyblepharum photo by: Gerald L. Klingaman

Gerald L. Klingaman

(Japanese Lacefern, Korean tasselfern)

Korean tassel fern is a medium-sized evergreen terrestrial fern native to Japan and Korea. Its dark green, highly lustrous, oval fronds unfurl from fuzzy fiddleheads covered with tawny scales.

Korean tassel fern prefers partial shade and moist, well drained, humus-rich soil. It is justly popular as a woodland garden plant.