Asplenium scolopendrium (Hart’s Tongue fern), Fimbriatum group is slow to start but worth the extra time. (Richie Steffen)

Asplenium scolopendrium (Hart’s Tongue fern), Fimbriatum group is slow to start but worth the extra time. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Hart’s Tongue fern, Fimbriatum group

With unique fronds that are delicately fringed along the edge of the leaf blade, it’s a distinctive perennial for the shade garden.

What: Asplenium scolopendrium (Hart’s Tongue fern), Fimbriatum group, unrolls into long, narrow bright green strap-like blades, but with the unique characteristic of the fronds being delicately fringed along the edge of the leaf blade. It’s a distinctive perennial for the shade garden.

Where: Place this fern in a light to deep shade location and water regularly during dry periods. It tolerates some morning sun, but hot or afternoon sun will cause it to yellow or burn. It is a slow grower, needing a year to settle in before growing well

Size: Grows to 1½ feet tall by 1½ feet wide in 10 years.

Care: Cut the fronds to the ground in late February or early March.

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