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Hart's tongue fern (Asplenium scolopendrium)

Genus: Asplenium.

Species: Asplenium scolopendrium.

7 Sep 2014 given by J├╝rgen

Genus
Asplenium are evergreen ferns with short, usually erect rhizomes bearing a rosette of slightly leathery fronds which may be simple, pinnate to 3-pinnate

Species
A. scolopendrium is an evergreen fern forming a rosette of arching, rich green, strap-shaped fronds 30-75cm in length, the margins often undulate. Spores borne in conspicuous transverse stripes beneath the fronds

Plant range
Temp. N. Hemis.

Hardiness
H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)

How to grow
Cultivation
Grows well in humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil. Bright mid-day sun can cause damage. May be sensitive to fungicides.Tolerant of dry shade but water regularly during the first season and mulch well

Propagation
Propagate by sowing spores in mid to late summer or by division in spring. Peeled leaf bases can be taken off from where the stem joins with the root. Old leaf bases that are green at the base are incubated in a plastic bag of loam based media. Green swellings can be found and potted to raise new plants

Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds Ground Cover Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care
Pruning
Dead or damaged fronds may be removed as necessary

Pests
Generally pest free outdoors

Diseases
May be infected by a rust in mild, damp winters

Photos of this plant

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