Hart's Tongue Fern
A British native evergreen fern which forms a rosette of rich emerald, simple pinnate fronds which provide verdant interest all year round.
Asplenium scolopendrium’s bright foliage makes it a brilliant choice to light up shady borders and large pots in any garden.
Asplenium scolopendrium is native to Europe and is widespread in most of the UK, other than in the north. In the wild it can be found on moist banks, walls and rocks in damp and shady places in woodlands.
The common name ‘Hart’s Tongue Fern’ comes from the shape of the fronds resembling the tongue of a ‘hart’ – the old English word for a male red deer.
This fern’s upright pointed fronds are brilliant for creating contrast between the softer shapes of other plants in a shaded spot in the garden.
Care & Size Guidance
Asplenium scolopendrium can tolerate brighter and drier conditions than many other ferns once established, but to reach its full potential it must be planted in moist woodland-like conditions.
This fern’s bright, pointed fronds can grow to a length of between 20 and 60cm.