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It's hard to remember every plant we have or would like to have. That's why we keep lists.  Our plant lists content information about our tries at growing, general information on the plant and photographs.
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      There are over 200 species of plants cultivated in our gardens. To learn more about any of these either find the plant in the list above, search for a plant in the box to the left or clock on one of the categories or locations in the left column.
      Each plant listed will show a picture, and our notes about that plant.   When possible, we include the Latin botanical name, a short descriptions, and planting notes.
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Asparagus Fern, Plumosa
Asparagus setaceus
airy thread-like foliage with wiry, bright green stems.
Purchased from Garden Center Spring 2005. Not in 2008
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Autumn Fern
Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance'

From Oakcrest Gardens - Glenwood Iowa. in 2006

Lost 2007.  Replanted in 2008
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Boston Fern
Nephrolepis exaltata `Bostoniensis'
Long green weeping fronds arise from the crown at the soil surface. Fronds are variously cut. A typical house plant.
Purchased from three from Lauritzen Gardens Spring plant sale 2005. Not in 2008
Christmas Fern
Polystichum acrostichoides
Very hardy evergreen fern of deep rich green color. Leaflets are lance shaped in dense clusters.
Ordered from Van Dyck's -- Fall 2004 $5.95
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Cinnamon Ferns
Osmunda cinnamomea

Ordered from Van Dyck's -- Fall 2004 $6.95
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Cretan Brake Fern
cretica L. var. albolineata
White and green varigated.

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Ghost Fern
Athyrium 'Ghost'
A garden hybrid of two deciduous ferns, the popular Japanese Painted Fern crossed with a Lady Fern. Its upright triangular fronds have bluish to maroon midribs. The overall appearance is of such a light silvery grey-green that naming it 'Ghost Fern' was inspired. The silveriness is most stunning with new spring growth, hardening to blue-green in summer. It has such a thick rhizome system that once established it can tolerate a surprising degree of dryness, though it cannot abid much sunlight, & moist well-draining soil is best especially when it is getting started. As a sterile hybrid, it does not produce spoors but is easily propagated by division in spring. Like the Japanese Painted Fern itself, the Ghost Fern can spread to several feet after many years, & will eventually need to be dug up & divided unless there's plenty of room for it to take over.
Purchased fall 2005
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Hart's Tongue Fern
Phyllitis scolopendrium
A very common fern which is unmistakable, having a broad undivided leaf with stripes of sori (spore-producing areas) underneath. Partial shade to full shade.
Planted fall 2005 Wayside Gardens catalogue
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Japanese Painted Fern
Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum'
Fronds flushed with gray, green with red highlights, very hardy and colorful, a must-have shade plant.
Purchased from No-Frills Grocery fall 2004
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Korean Rock Fern
Helecho de Roca Coreano
Started 2008

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Lady Fern
Athyrium filix-femina

Planted in 2005 in fern bed
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Maiden Hair Fern
Adiantum pedatum

Ordered from Van Dyck's -- Fall 2004 $6.95. Small show in 2008
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Ostrich Plume Fern
Matteuccia struthiopteris

Started some from Liz & John in 2003 on North side of house. Add more in 2004 from Nancy & Gene. Moved ferns to north side of Garage spring 2005.
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Plume Fern
Liliaceae Asparagus densiflorus
Purchased from Farmers' Market 2005
Not in 2008
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Royal Fern
Osmunda regalis
A great big, bold, majestic fern of bogs, swamps, and acidic damp places throughout all of eastern North America. From its massive base, clusters of erect twice pinnate (twice cut) fronds shoot up, vase-like, to 5 feet. However, under normal cultural conditions of damp or wet light shade, expect these ferns to grow around 3 feet tall. Royal Fern adds interest and a strong architectural component to the landscape throughout the year. The fiddleheads (new fronds or leaves) of Royal Fern are those eaten as a delicacy, and as these uncurl in the spring, the plants look so delicate. Summer brings on the bold display of bright green.
Ordered from Royal Dutch and planted fall of 2005 Also 2007 from Another planted Spring Affair (Bluebird Nursery)  No Show 2007. LOST
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Sensitive Fern
Onoclea sensibilis
Sensitive fern gets its name from the tendency of the fronds to wither at the first slight frost. The stipe (leaf stalk) can be yellow or pale tan, dark brown at the base with a few scales.
From Kathy Spring 2005
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Tassel Fern
Polystichum polyblepharum
Dark green, divided leaves. Evergreen plant.
purchased 2007 at Spring Affair (Bluebird Nursery) No Show 2008. LOST
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