Lady Fern

Athyrium filix-femina (lady fern or common lady-fern) is a large, feathery species of fern native throughout most of the temperate Northern Hemisphere, where it is often abundant (one of the more common ferns) in damp, shady woodland environments and is often grown for decoration. Its common names “lady fern” and “female fern” refer to how […]

Cinnamon Fern

The Osmundastrum cinnamomeum fern forms huge clonal colonies in swampy areas. These ferns form massive rootstocks with densely matted, wiry roots. This root mass is an excellent substrate for many epiphital plants. They are often harvested as osmunda finer and used horticulturally, especially in propagating and growing orchids.  Cinnamon Ferns do not actually produce cinnamon; they are named for the color of the fertile fronds.. […]

Fern, Sensitive (Onoclea Sensibilis)

Native Onoclea sensibilis is native to the Russian Far East,  China and Eastern Asia, and has a wide native distribution in Northern America.  The susceptibility to frost of the sterile fronds gives sensitive fern its name. Onoclea sensibilis dwells in a variety of wet swamp and wood habitats: wet meadows, thickets and bogs, as well as stream and riverbanks and roadside […]

Fern, New York (Thelypteris Noveboracensis)

Native Thelypteris noveboracensis is common in sunny patches caused by canopy gaps in mixed woodlands, near vernal seeps, at the edge of swamps, and along streams. Once soil pH levels decline below 4.1, this fern can become a dominant understory species. In such situations, it may outcompete the seedlings of certain tree species, some of which […]

Fern, Interrupted (Osmunda Claytoniana)

Native Osmunda claytoniana is found in humid zones, mostly in forests, but also in more open habitats and biomes, although rarely in bogs. The interrupted fern is often found alongside  ostrich, cinnamon and sensitive ferns. Fruiting bodies are produced on the lower portion of the fronds in between the pinnae (leaf blades), giving this distinctive fern its name. In spring, the newly emerging silvery-white […]