Gerald L. Klingaman
(East Indian Holly Fern, Indian Holly Fern , Simplicior Holly Fern)
This attractive, fern produces broad triangular fronds directly from scaly creeping rhizomes (lateral stems). Indian holly fern is native to China and Japan and is found in a wide variety or habitats from dry uplands to moist stream banks.
Indian holly is clumping to spreading. The rhizomes scales are brown to tan and the leaf stalks green. The large triangular shiny leaves are evergreen in mild climates and deciduous in colder zones. They are two to three times divided with each pinna (the...
(East Indian Holly Fern, Indian Holly Fern, Simplicior Holly Fern)
This attractive evergreen fern with broad triangular fronds that are deeply divided is useful for flower arrangements. 'Variegata' has deep green leaves with yellow along the midribs and burgundy tinges during the cool season. Native to China and Japan, it is well-suited to the woodland border or shaded rockery.
Plant the variegated simpler hollyfern in rich, moist soil for a nice ground cover or mix with other shade-loving plants. This perennial fern may die to ground in cold winters and resprout...
(Floralee Mother Fern, Mother Fern)
This bright green fern is identical to its parent species except that it’s more cold hardy, and may be grown at the low end of its zone rating. The parent is native to New Zealand and Australia and is called mother fern because young plantlets form along the fronds, detach over time (or early if disturbed), fall to the ground and root, eventually forming colonies. Plantlets are genetically identical to the mother plant. This is a symmetrical open center fern with long fronds that become weighted...
Mother fern is an evergreen or semi-evergreen in its native Australia and New Zealand habitats. It has long, finely divided fronds slightly over an arm's length-long. Young plantlets form along its midrib that drop off and can be easily transplanted. It can form large colonies from these either in the ground, upon fallen logs, inbetween stones or on large tree roots.
Mother fern needs a moist and friable soil with organic matter. Bright indirect light and an acidic soil is ideal for this plant....
James H. Schutte
(Branford Beauty Ladyfern)
Beautiful and lacy best describes the light gray-green foliage with silvery hues on the Branford Beauty ladyfern. A hybrid of Japanese painted fern and ladyfern, it was developed in Branford, Connecticut by Nick Nicou.
The pointed, triangular fronds have a reddish stem and is ornately lined with small, feathery leaflets (pinnae). Each pinna is light green but heavily masked in gray and silver tones, or green with noticeable flecks of gray-silver. It becomes a clumping plant, with the fronds held...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Ghost Ladyfern, Ladyfern)
Ghost ladyfern is a hybrid cross between the Japanese painted fern and American ladyfern. It forms upright to arching clumps of broad silvery-gray to frosted apple-green fronds with dark purple midribs. This vigorous, deciduous fern grows a little taller than both its parents.
Overall, it prefers partial to full shade, but a little sun will bring out its silver color. Like most ferns, it thrives in fertile, evenly moist soil but can tolerate moderately dry soil once established. Plant in woodland...
Gerald L. Klingaman
Ladyfern is a deciduous, terrestrial fern occurring throughout temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Vigorous, elegant and easy to grow, it was a great favorite in gardens of the Victorian era. Its tall, light green, upright to arching fronds are lined with narrow, pointed, finely divided leaflets which have a soft, airy appearance. The stems are typically green, but are sometimes tinted with red-brown. Numerous cultivars of this highly variable fern have been developed, including those...