Asplenium scolopendrium

9cm pot £5.99
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Buy Asplenium scolopendrium hart's tongue fern: A handsome evergreen fern for a shady spot

  • Position: partial shade
  • Soil: humus-rich, moist, well-drained, preferably alkaline soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A lovely, evergreen hart's tongue fern that is both eyecatching and versatile. Shiny, wavy-edged fronds unfurl in early spring, and remain all year. It is shown off to best effect in a natural-looking context, alongside other ferns, or spring bulbs. Try it at the edge of a woodland area, under trees, or in a shady mixed border. Once established, it can tolerate dry soil.

  • Garden care: Plant in soil that has been improved with organic matter. Water regularly during the growing season, ensuring that the soil or compost does not dry out while the plant is getting established.

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Notes on Asplenium scolopendrium

"A solid, linear- leaved fern with crinkled edges for winter presence provides a textural contrast among feather-fronded polystichums and polypodiums"

can I plant hart's tongue fern now ? Its 4 Oct 2016 not as shown on next page


Hello, Yes, this plant is fully hardy so can be planted out at any time of the year provided the ground is not frozen.


Hi - I'm really interested in Hart's Tongue ferns for under-planting three deciduous trees - a crab apple, a Nottingham Medlar, and a hornbeam - in three different locations in my back garden. The garden is south-facing and these spots are shady all day once the leaves appear on the trees - but I'm just wondering whether Winter sun (like we have in the South today!) will be a problem for them, as there is no leaf cover to provide shade?


Hello, These ferns often grow in deciduous forests, so are quite happy with not having much overhead protection during the winter months.


I love them...They naturally grow wild and lustrous on damp banks in the Somerset Quantock hills in the dappled shade of deciduous trees. I grow them in shade in large terracotta pots on my north facing terrace. One thing's for sure, they don't like very dry soil...even in shade.


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