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hart's tongue fern

Now our deciduous trees are bare and flowers have gone, ferns become very visible. I love finding the Hart’s tongue fern in unusual places, it is a medium-sized fern that can be found growing out of a damp wall, as well as on mossy branches, shady gorges and banks in woodlands. It is a very hardy plant and is ideal for gardens, perfect to plant in shade under trees, or on walls or gravelly areas for attractive cover all year-round. It gets its common name from the fact that it looks a lot like the tongue of a deer. It is fairly easy to identify in the wild; the frond is a single, glossy, green blade, with orange spores underneath.

By River Six Photo by Pixabay


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