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Asplenium scolopendrium


Hart's-tongue Fern

Unusual ribbed upright evergreen leaves

An evergreen fern with tongue-shaped, arching leaves that slowly uncurl in spring. They are a lovely bright green and have distinctive ruffled edges.


It loves shaded areas so this is a good choice for ground cover in woodland areas or for under-planting shrubs or trees in both formal and informal gardens.


It loves any well-drained, moist soil. Able to cope with dry shade too if it is watered during the first year after planting. Mulch in spring with garden compost or bark chippings.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Fern
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 10 cm - 50 cm
Plant width 10 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 20 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam, Chalk, Sand, Clay
Light exposure Part shade, Full shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From April to September