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Asplenium scolopendrium (Hart's tongue fern)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.5m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Asplenium scolopendrium

Other names

Hart's tongue fern, Christ's hair, Horse tongue, Burnt weed, Buttonhole, Christ's hair, Phyllitis scolopendrium, Scolopendrium vulgare

Genus

Asplenium Asplenium

Species

A. scolopendrium - A. scolopendrium is a rosette-forming, evergreen fern bearing upright to arching, strap-shaped, leathery, bright green fronds with wavy margins. Spores are borne underneath the fronds in stripes across the leaf.


Asplenium scolopendrium is: Evergreen

Habit

Arching, Clump-forming, Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Insignificant or absent in All seasons

Foliage

Bright-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Diseases

Sometimes affected by rust in damp winters.

General care

Pruning

Dead or damaged fronds should be removed.

Propagation methods

Division


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Where to grow

Asplenium scolopendrium (Hart's tongue fern) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, City, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Ground Cover, Underplanting, Foliage only

Cultivation

Grow in humus-rich, moist, but well-drained soil. Bright mid-day sun can cause damage, and can be sensitive to fungicides. Is able to handle dry shade but water regularly during the first season and mulch well.

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

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Hart's tongue ferns contrast well with more feathery ferns, that toleratedry shade.

Botanical name

Asplenium scolopendrium

Other names

Hart's tongue fern, Christ's hair, Horse tongue, Burnt weed, Buttonhole, Christ's hair, Phyllitis scolopendrium, Scolopendrium vulgare

Genus

Asplenium Asplenium

Species

A. scolopendrium - A. scolopendrium is a rosette-forming, evergreen fern bearing upright to arching, strap-shaped, leathery, bright green fronds with wavy margins. Spores are borne underneath the fronds in stripes across the leaf.

Native to

Europe, Western Asia

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Arching, Clump-forming, Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Insignificant or absent in All seasons

Foliage

Bright-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Diseases

Sometimes affected by rust in damp winters.

General care

Pruning

Dead or damaged fronds should be removed.

Propagation methods

Division


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Asplenium scolopendrium (Hart's tongue fern) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, City, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Ground Cover, Underplanting, Foliage only

Cultivation

Grow in humus-rich, moist, but well-drained soil. Bright mid-day sun can cause damage, and can be sensitive to fungicides. Is able to handle dry shade but water regularly during the first season and mulch well.

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

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

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Planted in my Mother's Day border in 2015

(30/04/2013)

(05/11/2011)

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Hart's tongue ferns contrast well with more feathery ferns, that toleratedry shade.

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