Asplenium scolopendrium

Asplenium scolopendrium

Hart's tongue fern

Key Information

  • Botanical name: Asplenium scolopendrium
  • Common name: Hart's tongue fern
  • Plant type: Perennial
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen

Height: 60cm

Spread: 60cm

Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Dramatic foliage

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The evergreen hart's tongue fern, Asplenium scolopendrium, grows wild in shaded areas, often forming large drifts beneath trees among rocks and streams where its upright pointed 'tongues' contrast strikingly with the softer shapes of damp-loving wild flowers. In gardens, the plants are good for shaded wild areas, and are also invaluable for year round interest among shrubs or other shade and moisture loving perennials.

Once planted, Asplenium scolopendrium grows slowly and needs little attention apart from annual mulching and tidying in spring. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Position

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, Partial shade, Full shade
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Boggy

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

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