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Botrychium multifidum - Hardy Fern Foundation

The Hardy Fern Foundation was established to introduce and test the world's temperate ferns for hardiness and ornamental value and to build comprehensive collections for public display, information and education.

Woodwardia fimbriata (Giant Chain Fern) – the largest and most statuesque of our native ferns, the leathery, arching fronds growing 4-6 feet in length!  It is a beautiful, almost prehistoric looking plant, commanding a real space in the garden.  Shade or sun or something in-between, it is a statuesque, commanding presence.  Give it water and space and you will have a real specimen fern.

Woodwardia fimbriata (Giant Chain Fern) – the largest and most statuesque of our native ferns, the leathery, arching fronds growing feet in length!

Iridescent fern relative:  Selaginella willdenowii                              …

The glow-in-the-light (or iridescent) ferns.known as the peacock fern or paku merak (which translates from Malay to English as “peacock nail”). The botanical name of the species is Selaginella willdenowii

Because ferns do not produce flowers but rather by nearly invisible spores, they were thought to be mysterious in ancient times. Therefore the plants have long been associated with invisibility spells and sorcery. That's why I always associated these with fairies :)

Because ferns do not produce flowers but rather by nearly invisible spores, they were thought to be mysterious in ancient times. Therefore the plants have long been associated with invisibility spells and sorcery and Faerie

horsetail for health , natural source for silica http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7c/Equisetopsida.jpg/240px-Equisetopsida.jpg

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"Candocks" of the Great Horsetail (Equisetum telmateia telmateia), showing whorls of branches and the tiny dark-tipped leaves. Very abundant here in the pacific nw

How to Propagate Ferns (also see:  How to Transplant Mature Ferns - http://www.doityourself.com/stry/how-to-transplant-mature-ferns)  -  Transplant & propagate ferns from around the property to the edge of the lawn to create a wild/naturalized hedge.  Hopefully this will keep out tall indigenous grasses from growing right on the edge of the lawn and spreading into the lawn via wind-blown seed.

Ferns are a simple, ancient plant. They reproduce by spore generation like mushrooms and fungi. As with many modern plants, the fern can also be propagated from cuttings.

Asplenium septentrionale

Asplenium septentrionale

Gleicheniaceae Sticherus truncatus

Gleichenia truncata (Gleicheniaceae) image 25768 at PhytoImages.

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