Asplenium scolopendrium

hart’s-tongue fern

Phyllitis scolopendrium

Evergreen Fern

"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.

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!" 

Courtesy Great Plant Picks

Growing Conditions

Zone: 6, 7, 8

Exposure: Full Shade, Part Shade, Deep Shade, Morning Sun, Open Shade

Water Needs: Regular / Even


Size: 8 - 16 tall x 12 - 18 wide
Shape / Form: Clumping
Foliage Texture: Bold
Foliage Quality: Bold

Features: Attractive Foliage, Low Maintenance, Winter Interest, Year-round Interest

Foliage Color: Green
Leaf Shape: Lance-shaped

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Container, Edging, Groundcover, Indoor, Massed
Special Situations: Courtyard / Urban Garden, Deep Shade, Once-a-Year Maintenance

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Winter, Summer, Fall, Year-round Interest, Three Seasons of Interest
Position / Role: front of border
Plant Behavior: Clumping, Re-seeds in some conditions, Slow Growing
Collections: Great Plant Pick

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low
Maintenance Tasks: Once-a-Year Care