trio of small ferns
dryopteris affinis criapa gracils
This is a magnificent garden fern , bearing a shuttled of long upright pale green fronds with contrasting brown, scaly stems in spring.
Petty crisped and crested fronds , does well in semi shade or full shade
Max 18 inches
This species must surely be one of the toughest ferns I know, before we moved to Stoke Ash and had space to swing a cat or two we have been known to leave this species stuffed under a shelf on a trolley for the entire winter with very little light and only water if it rained, in the spring they looked amazingly healthy with such rough treatment .
It has a very basic frond type just simply pinnatifid, quite similar to the native Blechnum though the fronds are wider. Polypodium species produce fronds later in the year than most ferns and are also evergreen, this one if planted in a rockery will grow over the rocks on branching rhizomes, it can be seen in areas of Wales and elsewhere that gets lots of rain growing in the branches of trees.
British Native / Evergreen.
blechnum penna marina
We only occasionally have this species in stock so if you wanted one it would be best to let us know before ordering. If we are showing a picture of this plant with the order number showing then its in stock available in small numbers only.
It is quite similar to Blechnum spicant but smaller, the new fronds come up tinged pink which mature to a deep glossy green. As with other Blechnum species it produces vertical fertile fronds which are a little longer than the sterile ones. The plant quickly forms a mat on creeping rhizomes and is good for trough or a rockery.
Blechnum are mostly evergreen ferns with erect or creeping rhizomes and simply pinnate leathery fronds, fertile fronds usually erect, the sterile often spreading.
Penna-Marina is evergreen fern forming a mat of spreading pinnate, dark green sterile fronds to 15cm in length, with narrower erect fertile fronds, the young fronds often reddish.
New Zealand / Australia . 15cm height .