Is it Ladyfern?

PurplethumbedLes(8)May 27, 2014

The landscape company that did the heavy lifting for my Northwest Native edibles backyard provided and planted three ladyferns at my request. I've no expertise; just picked that plant to align with the theme with never a thought of actually harvesting and eating the fiddleheads. This year, a close friend who is a formidable gardener disclaimed them as ladyferns because the fiddleheads were a rusty brown color, not green "like asparagus." I never noticed their color in prior years: perhaps they were green, but perhaps not. It's been unusually rainy this year: could that be causing the rusty color?

My friend is pretty knowledgeable, but not infallible. Anybody out there want to weigh in on what I've got here? I'll take closeup pics if you'll tell me what to look for.

PTL

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
adidas(6/7)

Hello.

Not an expert but I do have lady ferns and their Spring fiddleheads are all green. However, according to some websites I've visited, fiddleheads can be discoloured for various reasons and yours could still be a lady fern but maybe a "damaged or diseased(?)" one. So I think you should take some pics of the whole fern and maybe some close ups of the fiddleheads and I'm sure someone here or on name that plant can ID for you.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2014 at 6:07AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
lycopus(z5 NY)

There are cultivars that have a red rachis. A photograph of the frond, preferably showing the spore-bearing structures on the back would help with identification.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2014 at 1:52PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Doradilla? Fem Scale?
So I was in this Mexican market and found something...
cooperdr_gw
Rabbit Foot Fern dropping fronds
I have a rabbit foot fern, Davailla sp., that has been...
gill_bo_baggins
ID needed: Is this a Rabbit's Foot Fern?
Hi all, I found this nice little fern growing in 1...
bobochacha
Is this a moss / lichen / ???
Hello all, I picked this (attached picture) up along...
pessimizt
What is this? How do I help it?!
Hello everyone! I have had this sad little fern for...
maineegainer
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™