alpine water fern
- Position: partial or deep shade
- Soil: moist, humus-rich, acid soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Spreading to form a carpet of slender fronds, which when they first emerge have a bronze-red flush, this shade-loving evergreen fern looks great on the woodland floor. Plant it where it can settle in undisturbed and then become colonised with other shade-lovers.
- Garden care: Incorporate lots of well-rotted leaf mould or garden compost into the planting hole. Keep well watered during the growing season.
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