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The following WildFlower Ferns are shown in the Wildflower Gallery:-


Hardy Fern Library

Welcome to the home page of the Hardy Fern Library. The scope of the site is laid out on the page Site Focus - The site is about identifying hardy ferns. There is no shopping cart, no ads, no chat room. There is no How to Grow section.

Briefly, however, the purpose is to make identifying hardy ferns as easy as falling off a Dryopteris celsa. The impetus behind the site was frustration with the scattered state of the information. When trying to identify a candidate, it was often necessary to tap several sources. The difficulties are expanded on here. A commonsense solution seemed apparent: bring it all together in one place.

So, the aim is to fix this state of affairs." from Tom Stuart. Also, see the items in the Illustrated Glossary and links to Major Fern Sites



You can select a Fern by clicking on the Thumbnail to see its Fern Description alongside from the:-

  • Type of Fern to Grow
  • Use of Fern
  • Spore Colour or
  • Bed Pictures Comparison Pages from the menu on the right

or you can select one of the 16 FERNS by clicking on the Fern Name for their:-

  • Fern Description Page in the list below


"The Hardy Fern Foundation was established to introduce and test the world's temperate ferns for hardiness and ornamental value and to build comprehensive collections for public display, information and education.

The primary study garden is at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden in Federal Way, Washington. The Hardy Fern Foundation is affiliated with research plantings and displays at botanical gardens, arboreta and related public institutions throughout North America.

Spore Exchange
All Hardy Fern Foundation members have unlimited access to our spore exchange and can choose from a wide variety of ferns. We offer something for everyone, whether you are an expert or just a beginner!" from Hardy Fern Foundation in America.


Hydnophytum and Myrmecodia are Ant inhabited plants. They may provide a food source or shelter for the ants, and are often protected in return.


Charles Alford Plants - The mail-order source for fine ferns, lycopodium (huperzia) and other rare plants has a list of websites to visit about ferns.


Kelways grows and sells herbaceous peonies, tree peonies, intersectional peonies, hardy ferns, clematis and climbers with tall bearded irises, median irises, dwarf irises, irises siberica and ensata irises - which operates from the 40 acre site in Langport Somerset. Intersectional Peonies are crosses between herbaceous and tree peonies, which have flowers in the most vivid and outrageous colours, bright glossy foliage, strong stems and a long flowering period from late May through June.  They also provide details for Peony care, Tree Peony care, Bearded Iris care, Beardless Iris care, Fern care and Clematis Pruning Guide.


Nurseries that grow and sell plants to the Public:-

If a plant is detailed in its own page in one of the Plant Galleries and it occurs in one of their catalogues, then it is noted as being available from that nursery in the Comments Section of that plant's description page.

Coblands Nursery:-
Coblands Nursery was founded in 1963 growing a wide range of shrubs, herbaceous, grasses, ferns and trees in the ‘coblands’ of Kent. The production nursery extends over 120 acres on a number of sites in and around Tonbridge, growing approximately a million plants at any one time.
www.best4plants.co.uk now brings this wealth of knowledge and expertise to the general public as well as the trade.


Case Studies
Companion Planting
Garden Construction
Garden Design
Garden Maintenance
Offbeat Glossary
Tool Shed
Useful Data

Topic - Plant Photo Galleries
Colour Wheel
Deciduous Shrub
Deciduous Tree
Evergreen Perennial
Evergreen Shrub
Evergreen Tree


Herbaceous Perennial
Odds and Sods

Soft Fruit
Top Fruit
Wild Flower

Topic - Wildlife on Plant Photo Gallery


Site Map for pages with photo content (o) *


....Boston/ Fishbone/
Lace/ Sword

....Filmy and Crepe
....Lacy Ground
(o)Primitive/ Oddities
....Scrambling/ Umbrella/ Coral/ Pouch
(o)Shield/ Buckler/ Holly
....Squirrel/ Rabbit/ Hare's Foot
....Staghorn/ Elkhorn/ Epiphyte
....Tassel, Clubmoss
....The Brakes
....The Polypodies
(o)The Spleenworts
....The Tree Ferns
....Water/ Hard/ Rasp/ Chain

(o)From Lime-hating Soil
(o)From Limestone Soil
(o)Hanging Basket
(o)Indoor Decoration
(o)Outdoor Pot
(o)Wet Soils
(o)Ground Cover
(o)Pendulous Fronds



Fern INDEX link to Fern Description Page

Foliage Colour and
Shape/ Division

Height x Spread in feet (cms)

Asplenium ceterach

Yellow-green, leathery and the underside is densely clothed with silvery brown scales

0.5 x 0.7
(15 x 20)

Asplenium scolopendrium

Irregular, shuttle-cock-like crowns of strap-shaped, leathery, glossy, bright green fronds

1.5 x 2
(45 x 60)

Asplenium scolopendrium 'Cristatum'

The glossy mid green fronds divide many times and each division ends in a spreading crest

2 x 2.5
(60 x 75)

Athyrium filix-femina

Lance-shaped pinnatified light green fronds

3 x 2
(90 x 60)

Athyrium niponicum var. pictum

Midribs of the leaflets and the base are pink emphasised by the pale grey, tinged with blue and pink banding through the central area of the fronds

1 x indefinite
(30 x indefinite)

Cyrtomium falcatum

Spreading, glossy, leathery dark green fronds have holly-like pinnae

2 x 1.5
(60 x 45)

Dryopteris cycadina

Shuttlecock of lance-shaped, pinnate, bright green fronds with green midribs

2 x 1.5
(60 x 45)

Dryopteris erythrosora

Copper-red juvenile fronds turning to slightly shiny dark green fronds

2 x 1
(60 x 30)

Dryopteris filix-mas

Light Green lance-shaped fronds and brownish-scaled stems.

3 x 3
(90 x 90)

Dryopteris wallichiana

Shuttlecock of lance-shaped, 2-pinnate dark green fronds that are yellow-green when juvenile. Midribs are covered with dark brown or black scales giving a good colour contrast in the spring

3 x 2.5
(90 x 75)

Matteuccia struthiopteris

Mid Green pinnate fronds taper at both ends and grow in a vase-like cluster around the robust rootstock.

5.5 x 3
(165 x 90)

Onoclea sensibilis

Upright, then arching, lance-shaped or triangular, pinnate, pale green sterile fronds.

2 x indefinite
(60 x indefinite)

Osmunda regalis

A fibrous rootstock bears dense clumps of triangular-ovate-pinnate, bright green sterile fronds. In summer, partially fertile fronds, to 6 feet long, have tassel-like tips, with brown or rust-coloured sporangia covering the much smaller pinnae.

6 x 12
(180 x 360)

Polystichum polyblepharum

Shuttlecocks of spreading lance-shaped 2-pinnate shiny dark green fronds covered with golden hairs when they unfurl.

2.5 x 3
(75 x 90)

Polystichum proliferum

Flushes of new fronds are covered with brown scales before turning into light green fronds

2 x 1.5
(60 x 45)

Polystichum setiferum

Graceful arching green fronds that droop at the tips as they unfurl showing lighter coloured undersides.

4 x 3
(120 x 90)


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Site design and content copyright ©January 2009. Page structure amended December 2012. Chris Garnons-Williams.

DISCLAIMER: Links to external sites are provided as a courtesy to visitors. Ivydene Horticultural Services are not responsible for the content and/or quality of external web sites linked from this site.  

If you grow and sell ferns, please tell me so that I can put them on this website and inform others where they can be bought online via mail-order.