hart's tongue fern / horse tongue
A solid, linear- leaved fern with crinkled edges for winter presence provides a textural contrast among feather-fronded polystichums and polypodiums
- Position: partial shade
- Soil: humus-rich, moist, well-drained, preferably alkaline soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A lovely, evergreen fern that is both eye-catching and versatile. Each spring fresh new tongue-like fronds unfurl, creating upright clumps which look super dotted through a woodland floor. It is also valuable for adding vertical interest towards the front of a partially shaded border or for underplanting established trees and shrubs. Once established, it becomes more tolerant of dry soil.
- Garden care: Plant into soil that has been improved with organic matter and water regularly during the growing season. Do not allow the soil or compost to dry out until the plant has become established. Tatty or damaged fronds can be removed in early spring as or just before the new growth emerges.
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