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Are there any ferns that take sun

Posted by deshima Heat Zone 7 Richmond (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 19, 07 at 18:07

I live in Richmond Virginia, I have a very sunny front yard until about 1 PM then it is in total shade. Are there any ferns that can handle that much sun?


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RE: Are there any ferns that take sun

Try Thelypteris kunthii. This was featured some years ago in Southern Living as the "fern that won't burn". Mine also gets full morning sun until about 1pm and does great. Common names include Southern Shield Fern, but make you get it according to the scientific name to be sure.


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RE: Are there any ferns that take sun

  • Posted by deshima Heat Zone 7 Richmond (My Page) on
    Fri, Jul 20, 07 at 16:51

Thanks for the link and and the Thelypteris kunthii is really all I need to know. I have a Red Maiden Hair fern and it is in very bright shade so I am wondering about that one.I also have one that came from my grandfathers farm taken from back on the swamp, it has sent out spores and some are growing in afternoon sun like from 1 to 5. It is very lacy w a very light green color. Garndpaws land was in Essex Virginia if you look on a topo it is in Longest Virginia, he was that Longest. If I have time I will post a picture of it because it is in the sunniest hottest part of the day doing fine.


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RE: Are there any ferns that take sun

I have not heard of Red Maiden Hair fern, so I would love to see a picture. I have Northern Maiden Hair growing in a similar area (lots of morning sun) and it has gotten huge!

How nice to have something from your grandfather's farm. That really makes it special.


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RE: Are there any ferns that take sun

Sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis) really seems tolerant of both sun and dryness. I had some growing wild on the western side of my old house. It spreads over the ground in colonies (sure it's listed on someones list of "weeds") but I respected the fact that an attractive fern could tolerate/thrieve being on in the location that roasted in the late afternoon. Made sure I took a nice clump of it for my new home when I moved! PS. Apparently, it's called sensitive fern because the fronds turn yellow as soon as evening temps are in the 30's (even without frost).


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RE: Are there any ferns that take sun

deshima, I have a friend who has property that has an Electrical Power line path that is quite wide for the large towers that are placed on it,and they are right out in the open sunlight. All around them are Bracken ferns , I know , a lot of people dont like them, as they are reported to contain carcinogens ,so they advise you not to eat the fiddleheads. I have a few but I never plan on eating any of my ferns fiddleheads. They may be aggressive so you may end up with quite a few, but that should take quite awhile


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RE: Are there any ferns that take sun

Ostrich ferns can take quite a bit of sun IF they get enough water. They do quite well in my garden in rather ordinary soil; the main drawback is that they do look a bit ratty by the end of the summer, especially if they have gotten lots of sun and/or insufficient water (but they do produce persistent fertile fronds that add winter interest, unlike most other ferns). The other drawback is that if they are happy, they will roam and reproduce quite a bit. BTW sun until 1 pm is perfect for many ferns and many other plants as well--hostas would also do well in that situation.


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