Common Name: Hart's tongue fern
Skill Level: Experienced
Exposure: Partial shade, Shade
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Moist, Boggy
Time to divide plants: March to May
The evergreen hart's tongue fern grows wild in shaded areas, often forming large 'drifts' under trees amongst rocks and streams where its upright pointed 'tongues' contrast strikingly with the softer shapes of damp-loving wild flowers. In gardens, the plants are good for shaded wild gardens, and are also invaluable for year-round interest amongst shrubs or other shade and moisture-loving perennials. Once planted, hart's tongue fern grows slowly and needs little attention apart from annual mulching and tidying in spring. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Looks good with:Pulmonaria 'Blue Ensign'