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  • Athyrium filix femina ‘Victoriae’ Victoria lady fern Z 4-8

    Athyrium filix femina‘Victoriae’ Victoria lady fern Z 4-8 Finely divided fronds have tiny twisted leaves that cross one another. Vigorous grower. Dr. John Mickel, former curator of ferns at the...

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    Athyrium filix femina‘Victoriae’  Victoria lady fern Z 4-8
    Finely divided fronds have tiny twisted leaves that cross one another. Vigorous grower. Dr. John Mickel, former curator of ferns at the New York Botanical Garden, called this “the Queen of green.”  It’s like no other fern you’ve ever seen.

    Size: 18-24” x 18-24”
    Care: part to full shade in moist to moist well-drained soil

    Popular Victorian fern. Discovered in Scotland in 1861.

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  • Athyrium filix-femina Lady fern Z 3-8

    Grown for its fern fronds, one of the easiest ferns to grow

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    Grown for its fern fronds, one of the easiest ferns to grow

    Size: 4’ x 2-4’
    Care: moist to well-drained soil in full to part shade
    Native: temperate No. America including Wisconsin
    Awards: England’s Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit.

    Collected before 1780’s. Mentioned by H.H. Thomas 1915 for gardens.

February 23, 2018

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  • Adiantum venustum Himalayan maidenhair fern Z 5-8

    Adiantum venustum Himalayan maidenhair fern Z 5-8 Black stems hold triangular, delicate, lacy fronds of tiny leaflets. Favorite short fern....

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    Adiantum venustum Himalayan maidenhair fern  Z 5-8
    Black stems hold triangular, delicate, lacy fronds of tiny leaflets.  Favorite short fern.

    Size: 6" x 12", slow spreader
    Care: part or light shade in moist well-drained soil but tolerates any soil
    Native: China and Himalayan Mountains
    Awards: Great Plant Pick from Elisabeth Cary Miller Botanic Garden & Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit

    Adiantum is from Greek adiantos, “unwettable” because its fronds repel water. Venustum means attractive in Latin. (We think it should be “venustumest” for most attractive.) Collected for gardens by 1841.

  • Athyrium filix-femina ‘Frizelliae’ Tatting fern Z 4-8

    Athyrium filix-femina ‘Frizelliae’ Tatting fern Z 4-8 A237 237n Grown for its unusual fronds...

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    Athyrium filix-femina ‘Frizelliae’  Tatting fern  Z 4-8  A237 237n
    Grown for its unusual fronds

    Size: 18” x 18”
    Care: Moist humusy soil in part sun to part shade
    Awards: Great Plant Pick Award from Elizabeth Carey Miller Botanical Garden.

    A short, genetic mutation, of Lady fern discovered in 1857 in Ireland in Mrs. Frizelle’s garden.

  • Alchemilla erythropoda Dwarf lady’s mantle Z 3-7

    A miniature Lady’s Mantle for edging borders or growing in the rock garden. Short sprays of chartreuse flowers appear over a dense mound of scalloped light-green leaves that catch and...

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    A miniature Lady’s Mantle for edging borders or growing in the rock garden. Short sprays of chartreuse flowers appear over a dense mound of scalloped light-green leaves that catch and hold rain or dewdrops

    Size: 6-10” x 9-12”
    Care: Sun to shade in moist well-drained soil
    Native: Eastern Europe
    Awards: Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit

    You might not transmute gold with Alchemilla, but foamy clusters of tiny, starlike flowers in yellow-green chartreuse bloom above scalloped, tooth-edged foliage. A contrast of forms and greens Alchemilla was used to collect dewdrops in the medieval preparation of the Philosopher’s Stone. We find the way moisture collects and moves like mercury on the pale green leaves always magical.

    Described in Flora Kavkaza Flora Kavkaza in 1928.

  • Comptonia peregrina Sweet Fern Z 2-6 SHRUB

    Grown for it’s fern like leaves, this small shrub flowers in spring with insignificant yellow flowers followed by brown nutlets. Foliage is fragrant when crushed.

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    Grown for it’s fern like leaves, this small shrub flowers in spring with insignificant yellow flowers followed by brown nutlets. Foliage is fragrant when crushed.

    Size: 2-5’ x 4’ spreading
    Care: sun to part shade in moist, well-drained to well-drained soil. Prefers acidic, but will grow in other types of soil as well. Drought and salt tolerant.
    Native: Eastern North America, Wisconsin native
    Wildlife Value: Attracts bees, butterflies, & birds. Larval host plant for a wide variety of moths, including the Io moth & several Sphinx moth species, and the Anise Swallowtail butterfly. Deer resistant. Nitrogen fixer.

    Genus name honors Henry Compton (1632-1713), Bishop of London and patron of botany.
    Peregrina means exotic or immigrant. Many Native Americans (Algonquin, Cherokee, Chippewa, Delaware, Menominee, Delaware, Potawatomi) used this plant for a wide variety of purposes: Crushed leaves inhaled for headache. Leaf infusions for: round worms, fevers, beverage, blood purifier, blisters, clear mucus from lungs, bladder inflammation, rash from poison ivy, swelling, flux, stomach cramps, itch.   Fragrance leaves- burned or crushed for incense in ceremony, perfume,   Decoction – childbirth, tonic,   Other: sprinkle on medicine to poison enemy, prevent blueberries from spoiling, leaves in fire to make smudge to ward off mosquitoes.
    Collected before 1753.

  • Onoclea sensibilis Sensitive fern Zones 4-10

    Green fronds on short fern.

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    Green fronds on short fern.

    Size: 12 x 24” spreading, slowly
    Care: part to full shade in moist to well-drained acidic soil
    Native: Eastern half of No. America
    Wildlife Value: attracts birds, creates shelter for salamanders and frogs
    Awards: England’s Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit.

    Collected before 1700. Onoclea means closing vessel referring to pinnules enclosing its spores and sensibilis means sensitive on account of sterile fronds die when it frosts.

  • Filipendula vulgaris Dropwort or Meadowsweet Z 4-9

    Filipendula vulgaris syn. F. hexapetala Dropwort or Meadowsweet Z 4-9 Loose ivory corymbs early to mid-summer atop fern-like foliage. When it’s not blooming you’d think it is a fern....

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    Filipendula vulgaris syn. F. hexapetala    Dropwort or Meadowsweet  Z 4-9
    Loose ivory corymbs early to mid-summer atop fern-like foliage. When it’s not blooming you’d think it is a fern.

    Size: 24" x 18"
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil
    Native: Europe, north and central Asia

    Filipendula is Latin from filum meaning “thread” and pendulus meaning “hanging” for small tubers hanging by threadlike roots.  In the 1600’s English herbalist Nicholas Culpepper described medicinal uses as curing bladder problems, throat, lung diseases and “the falling sickness.” Also remedied bloated stomachs “dissolving and breaking the wind.”