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Can you recommend a fern?

Posted by seachellelee 8 (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 24, 09 at 22:39

I'm looking for a fern which will fit these requirements: it needs to be able to take some filtered sun, should be around 2 ft tall, is lacy in texture & upright (no holly ferns), will spread readily, and can take the zone 8 heat in the summer. I have sprinklers, so I should be able to keep the area wet, but there is spotty tree coverage, which means some sun. I have planted cinnamon ferns, lady ferns, painted ferns and one tassle fern. I really like the look of the cinnamons, but these don't seem to want to spread, and they like to fall over (not sure why). The ladies & the painteds seem to be doing OK, but they're not tall enough. I'm looking to create a sort of naturalized looking drift of ferns. Thanks for any help you can give!

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RE: Can you recommend a fern?

I recommend some type of Drypoteris.


RE: Can you recommend a fern?

Korean rock ferns are nice, evergreen and lacy. As long as they don't get too much late afternoon sun and regular water they should be fine.

RE: Can you recommend a fern?

Korean rock ferns are nice, but they don't really meet the heighth requirements.
My rock fern is looking quite ratty at the moment. The first fronds were blasted by
a freeze last month.

I posted pics last year. Not a lot has changed.....other than a few pieces of mossy
bark that I added around the fern. Linked below.


Here is a link that might be useful: Any experience with Korean Rock Fern?

RE: Can you recommend a fern?

Try cinnamon fern osmunda cinnamomea, or TN ostrich fern matteuccia struthiopteris var pensylnanica. TN ostrich is very nice and spreads rapidly after a year or two.

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