What is this fern?

pgnesmithSeptember 26, 2006

I found this plant in the mountians of northern california. I am assuming it is a fern because it developed a fiddelhead for new growth. Can anyone identify this?

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

It's not a fern, though for the LIFE of me, I can't recall the name. Perhaps you could post the image in the Name This Plant Forum, right here in the GardenWeb.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2006 at 3:28PM
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razorback33(z7)

Looks similar to Foxtail Fern, Asparagus densiflorus 'Meyersii', not a fern, but a member of the Liliaceae Family and often grown as a houseplant.
Rb

Here is a link that might be useful: Foxtail Fern

    Bookmark   September 28, 2006 at 12:10PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I was even wondering if it was a young dog-fennel.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2006 at 1:03PM
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thefreddo(Redwoods in CA)

I am going to guess that your picture is of Pellaea brachyptera, from the drawing and description in Hoshizaki and Moran's "Fern Grower's Manual". There are a lot of Pellaea species here in the western US. I'd love to try to grow some of the California native ones from spore...

    Bookmark   September 29, 2006 at 2:39AM
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razorback33(z7)

Here's a link to Pellaea brachyptera at CalPhotos.
Rb

Here is a link that might be useful: CalPhotos-Pellaea brachyptera

    Bookmark   September 29, 2006 at 10:22AM
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paalexan(NM)

Well...

a) it isn't a fern, certainly not Pellaea brachyptera;
b) it isn't an Asparagus;
c) it isn't dog fennel (Eupatorium capillifolium);
d) it sure looks like Achillea millefolia, but I'm not certain.

Patrick Alexander

    Bookmark   October 6, 2006 at 10:46PM
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philh

It does look like a young yarrow plant, my other thought was that it's a bit like the young growth of Nigella damascena

    Bookmark   October 13, 2006 at 12:07AM
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