Asplenium scolopendrium

Hart's Tongue Fern

(2 customer reviews)

From £7.95

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.

Origin: Europe to Iran, including the UK
Genus: Asplenium
Species / Cultivar: Asplenium
Common Name: Hart's Tongue Fern
Synonym: Phyllitis scolopendrium

Plant Biography

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.

Asplenium scolopendrium
Soil: Moisture Retaining
Soil that drains at a slower rate due to higher organic matter content.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: High
This plant is likely to require supplementary watering in warmer months, even once established.
Skill & Care: Easy
No previous knowledge or skill is required to grow this plant. It's incredibly independent!
Situation: Part Shade
Will require 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight per day in order to thrive, but it will cope with dappled sunlight.
Eventual Height: 0.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.6m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.

Expert Tip:

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.

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.

Enchanting little fern which will grow beautifully.

Andi F.

Enchanting little fern which will grow beautifully.

2 customer reviews for Asplenium scolopendrium

Enchanting little fern which will grow beautifully.

Andi F.

Good healthy plant, not huge, but in good condition.

Milopita