Hart's Tongue Fern
A lush green fern perfect for growing in a shady spot, with attractive evergreen upright leaves.
Asplenium scolopendrium, also known as Hart's Tongue Fern, is an attractive evergreen variety with upright tongue-shaped, arching leaves that slowly uncurl in spring. These lush leaves are a lovely bright green and have distinctive ruffled edges, plus they stay on the plant throughout the year providing year-round greenery. This low-maintenance fern is the perfect plant for a shady spot and looks particularly good close to a stream or a rocky water feature, but also grows well in the shade of a tree, shrubbery or enclosed courtyard garden. Grow it among other ferns or shade-loving plants in a cool place to create a lovely, tranquil setting. This variety is very resilient and easy to grow, given the right conditions. All it requires is regular watering to get it started, and once established it can be left virtually to its own devices.
This award-winning fern is popular for its attractive leaves and resilient nature, thriving in a tricky shady spot where other plants may struggle.
Plant Type: Fern
Hardiness: H6 Hardy. Minimum temperature -20 to -15.
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 50cm x W 50cm (Mature age: 5 Years)
Foliage Colour: Green
Flower Colour: -
Fragrant Flower: No
Aromatic Foliage: No
RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: No
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Soil Type: Loam, Chalky, Sandy, Clay, Alkaline
Soil Drainage: Moist but Well Drained
Light Exposure: Part Shade, Full Shade
Planting Style: Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Urban Garden, Courtyard Garden, Flower Beds & Borders, Woodland Garden, Pond Garden
Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Asplenium scolopendrium (Hart's Tongue Fern) loves sheltered and shaded areas so this is a good choice for ground cover in woodland gardens, rocky water feature or for under-planting shrubs or trees in both formal and informal gardens.
This variety loves any moist soil with good drainage. It can tolerate dry shade but will require regular watering until established. Mulch in spring with garden compost or bark chippings.
Water regularly throughout the first year to help the anchor the roots. Once established, this variety will require very little additional watering unless planted in very dry shade.
It's not necessary to feed your fern, although you can apply an occasional all-purpose liquid feed during the first season to help it to establish.
Cut back any old or tatty foliage in spring to make space for the fresh foliage to grow.