Hardy, eastern North American fern
Description: Produces upright, dark green fertile fronds with leathery pinnae on purplish-brown stalks; evergreen sterile fronds are short and grow close to the ground
Habit: Clump forming, grows 10-15 inches high and 10 inches wide; short rhizomes
Culture: Prefers dappled light, and acidic, moist to slightly dry, well drained soil
Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 through 9
Origin: North America, South Africa
Attributes: Deer resistant; Drought tolerant
Although this fern is primarily native to eastern North America, there are small, isolated populations in New Mexico, Arizona, and the West Indies. This species is also native in tropical and subtropical South Africa. It was introduced to Europe in 1779 where it was initially named Asplenium ebeneum. The common name spleenwort refers to the alleged medicinal qualities once attributed to the plant for curing diseases of the spleen. Ebony spleenwort is an adaptable, deer resistant native that can grow in rocky soils or moss covered banks and even on ledges and crevices.
This plant will ship bare root. Arrives as Heavy Clump.
Bare root planting tips:
~ If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
~ Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site. You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
~ Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing. Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.