Little Hard Fern (Blechnum penna-marina subsp. alpina)

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Little Hard Fern (Blechnum penna-marina subsp. alpina)

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It is most fortunate that a fern as striking and useful as this one is should also be so easy to grow. This compact creeper has brownish-green fronds which emerge reddish-rose in the spring and color to a chocolate in the winter. At its best with some morning or late afternoon sun, it can edge paths, crawl about the rockery, or carpet under shrubs. The fertile fronds are twice as tall as the sterile ones and look like suspended pagodas. This form seems to be in the medium range size for the species as we have a larger version as well as a wee version of this fern.  These ferns are capable of handling more sun exposure than many others, and make excellent accents near ponds or other boggy, exposed areas.

Frond Condition:  Evergreen, colonizing
Mature Height:  4-6"
Origin: New Zealand
Cultural Requirements:  Part Sun, Some Sun, Some Shade, Partly Shaded, Evenly Moist, Slightly Moist to Bog
USDA Zones: 7, 8

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