Hardy, North American perennial
Description: Erect, yellowish-green, delicately textured fern with fronds taper at the tip and at the base. Deciduous.
Habit: Grows to 18 inches high. Spreads indefinitely by underground rhizomes.
Culture: Prefers moist, moderately fertile, acidic soil and partial shade.
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zones 2 through 8
Origin: North America
This classic North American plant is found in damp wooded hillsides, and pond and stream margins from Newfoundland to Georgia and grows abundantly at Monticello. It was named by Linnaeus in 1753 and is similar in appearance to the Lady Fern (Athyrium sp.), except for the tapering of the fronds at the base and its spreading, rather than clump-forming habit. Hardy ferns were being cultivated in America by the mid-19th century and horticultural books contained lengthy descriptions of cultural techniques. Ferns were often recommended for planting in a rock-work. This species is an excellent groundcover in shady gardens.
This plant will ship bare root. Arrives as a 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.