Gerald L. Klingaman
(Common Maidenhair Fern, Southern Maidenhair Fer)
Delicate and shade-loving, southern maidenhair fern is a beautiful plant native to tropical and temperate regions throughout the world. This species is evergreen in tropical and subtropical areas and deciduous in temperate regions.
It's most admired for its small, fine fronds comprised of dainty, fan-shaped leaflets of light green that move in the slightest breeze. These are supported by glossy black stems that arise from short creeping rhizomes.
Southern maidenhair fern grows best in moist,...
(Maidenhair Fern, Northern Maidenhair Fern)
Maidenhair fern is an herbaceous perennial native to North America and eastern Asia. The compact cultivar 'Imbricatum' bears delicate, cascading, bright bluish green fronds with overlapping segments and dark purple stems. In hot dry weather the fronds may develop brown tips.
This exquisite woodland plant makes an excellent accent for shady grottoes or gardens. It does best in damp, shady sites with evenly moist, highly organic soil.
James H. Schutte
(Delta Maidenhair Fern)
Delta maidenhair fern is an delicate-looking evergreen fern native to tropical North America, South America, and the West Indies. They have roughly triangular, 3- or 4-pinnate fronds with dark, black stalks emerging from short rhizomes. Newly emerged fronds are light green but darken with age. The sori are located at the edge of the leaflet where the tip the leaf tissue rolls over to enclose it.
Delta maidenhair fern should be grown in partial sun or diffused sunlight. The ideal environment...
(Delta Maidenhair Fern, Pacific Maid Maidenhair Fern)
Pacific maid maidenhair fern is an evergreen fern native to tropical America. 'Pacific Maid' is a compact growing maidenhair with large leaflets and roughly triangular, 3- or 4-pinnate fronds that have deep divisions. Dark, black stalks emerge from short rhizomes. Newly emerged fronds are light green but darken with age. The sori are located at the edge of the leaflet where the tip the leaf tissue rolls over to enclose it.
Pacific maid maidenhair fern should be grown in partial sun or diffused...
Carol Cloud Bailey
(East African Yellowwood, Fern Pine)
The graceful form of fern pine is accented by the linear, bluish green leaves that project from the branches much like the leaves of a lily. This tall, tender evergreen tree is native to higher elevations of subtropical eastern Africa. Unlike other conifers such as junipers, that have scale-like needles, fern pine leaves are smooth, flat and narrow, arranged spirally around gently pendent branches. Plants are dioecious, being either male or female. Male plants produce small, tan, finger-like cones...
Asparagus fern is a tuberous, semi-woody perennial native to South Africa. In its native habitat, it is a scrambling subshrub that survives in a wide range of habitats across the southeastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. These include rocky lands, scrub, coastal dunes and wooded areas. In the landscape and garden, it is grown primarily for its soft, feathery, bright green foliage. There are many cultivated varieties; two of the more popular forms are Meyer's foxtail fern ('Meyersii') and Sprenger's asparagus...
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Asparagus Fern, Myers' Asparagus Fern)
Myers' asparagus fern is a tuberous perennial native to South Africa. The upright to arching, lime-green stems with fern-like foliage give the appearance of foxtails. Small, white flowers along the main stems occur in summer, but rarely ever yield bright red berries. Thus, this cultivar does not pose the same invasive potential in subtropical climates as the parent species.
In colder climates, Myers' asparagus fern is grown as a houseplant in bright filtered sun or in containers outdoors. In frost-free...
(Asparagus Fern, Sprenger's Asparagus Fern)
Sprenger's asparagus fern is a tuberous perennial native to South Africa with arching, fern-like, green leaves that are small, short and narrow. Small, waxy white flowers along the green stems produce bright red berries in summer. The long stems have prickly thorns on them.
Plant Sprenger's asparagus fern in partial sun to partial shade exposures in fertile, moist, well drained garden soil. With protection from frost, it may be planted in borders or as a billowy groundcover. The pendulous habit...