Spleenwort

Asplenium spp.

Bird's-Nest Fern

profile iconHirschzungenfarn Asplenium scolopendrium 2011
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profile iconHirschzungenfarn Asplenium scolopendrium 2011
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Asplenium is a large genus containing around 716 species of fern, some of which are economically important, sold frequently as houseplants. They are evergreen or semi-evergreen, like moist, damp conditions and most grow best in low light conditions. The common name Bird's-Nest Fern is derived from the way in which the fronds overlap to form a nest, inside which organic matter is accumulated. Smaller species work well in small crevices, in rock gardens, or in alpine troughs, while larger species work well in woodlands or shady borders among shrubs.
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Propagation

Division

Divide hardy species in spring.

Special features

Attractive leaves

Attractive foliage plants.

Special features

Origin

Worldwide

Environment

Light

Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand, Clay, Chalk

Soil PH preference

Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Aspleniaceae

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