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Asplenium scolopendrium

Asplenium scolopendrium

Unusually for a fern, the leaves - or, to be correct, the fronds - of A. scolopendrium are whole and undivided, giving the plant a more substantial appearance than other ferns. Standing a foot high, the fronds are evergreen and remain lush and fresh-looking throughout the winter.

The plant will catch and reflect even the weakest rays of winter sunlight, adding a sparkle to the most bleak of winter gardens. At this time of year when very little grows in the cold, dank and north-facing areas of the garden A. scolopendrium will thrive. These are the conditions it enjoys in the wild throughout Britain.

 

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