Asplenium scolopendrium

hart's-tongue fern

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  • © Richard W. Hartlage / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

Hart's-tongue fern does not look like any other fern you grow. The new fronds unroll into long narrow tongue-like blades. These wide, strap-like, bright green fronds are distinctive and provide striking contrast with fine-textured ferns and other woodland perennials.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: fern

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 1 ft. 9 in. (0.53 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 9 in. (0.53 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 8

Flower Color: none

Sun/Light Exposure: open to deep shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Smilacina racemosa, Tricyrtis formosana ‘Gilt Edge’, Oxalis oregana Evergreen Form, Blechnum spicant, Primula japonica

Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, cream, silver

Great Color Partners: green, chartreuse

Culture Notes
Place hart's-tongue fern in a light to deep shade location and water regularly during dry periods. It tolerates some morning sun, but hot or afternoon sun will cause it to yellow or burn. Cut the fronds to the ground in late February or early March. It is a slow grower, needing a year to settle in before growing well. If it really likes your garden, you will get a few new sporlings every year!