Position

Sun exposure:
Dappled shade, full shade, partial shade
Aspect:
East facing, north facing

Soil

Boggy / Chalky / Alkaline / Clay / Heavy / Moist / Well Drained / Light / Sandy

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).

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Asplenium and wildlife

Asplenium has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Asplenium poisonous?

Asplenium has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:
Is not known to attract Birds
Birds
Is not known to attract Cats
Cats
Is not known to attract Dogs
Dogs
Is not known to attract Horses
Horses
Is not known to attract Livestock
Livestock
Is not known to attract People
People
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