Botanical name: Asplenium trichomanes
Other names: Maidenhair spleenwort fern, Waterwort, Common spleenwort, English maidenhair, Green spleenwort
Species: A. trichomanes - A. trichomanes is a small spleenwort fern forming long and narrow fronds, gradually tapering towards the tip.
Asplenium trichomanes is: Semi evergreen
Flower: Insignificant or absent in All seasons
Foliage: Dark-green in All seasons
Habit: Arching, Clump-forming, Spreading
Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)
Diseases: Sometimes affected by rust in damp winters.
Pruning: Dead or damaged fronds should be removed.. REGISTER to read more...
Propagation methods: Division, Spores. REGISTER to read more...
Asplenium trichomanes (Maidenhair spleenwort fern) will reach a height of 0.75m and a spread of 0.75m after 5-10 years.
Suggested uses: Roof terrace, City, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Containers, Underplanting, Architectural, Coastal, Low Maintenance, Foliage only
Cultivation: Plant outdoors in humus-rich, moist, but well-drained soil. Bright mid-day sun can cause damage, and can be sensitive to fungicides. If planted inside under glass, plant in a mix of equal parts loam, coarse leaf mould, sharp sand and charcoal. Water moder
Soil type: Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)
Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Well-drained
Soil pH: Alkaline, Neutral
Light: Partial Shade, Full Shade
Aspect: North, South, East, West
Exposure: Sheltered, Exposed
Hardiness: Hardy (H4)
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Companion planting: Hart's tongue ferns contrast well with more feathery ferns, that toleratedry shade.
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Although this is an evergreen fern, when the fronds decay the leaflets fall off leaving the wiry hair-like midrib for up to a year, hence the English name. Few invertebrates are associated with ferns. Ladybirds may shelter among the fronds.
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