Asplenium scolopendrium Crispum Cristatum Group
hart's tongue fern
The margins of this Hart’s Tongue fern are more crimped and curled and the bright-green leaves appear to ripple in winter - even in deep shade
- Position: partial shade
- Soil: humus-rich, moist, well-drained, preferably alkaline soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Hardiness:fully hardy
Shiny, wavy-edged fronds unfurl like frisee lettuce in early spring, and remain all year. This is an unusual, showy, evergreen hart's tongue fern that looks best planted en masse, either under shrubs, at the edge of a shady border, or among spring-flowering perennials. Once established, it can tolerate dry soil.
- Garden care: Plant in soil that has been improved with organic matter. Water regularly during the growing season, ensuring that the soil or compost does not dry out while the plant is getting established. Remove any tatty or damaged fronds in early spring before the new growth emerges.
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