FERNS FROM BIDE-A-WEE NURSERY

Don’t be put off by the seemingly unpronounceable Latin fern names, they can intimidate. This group of ferns are the staple ingredient in many of our planting compositions in the shade, their form contrasting so well with bolder foliage, or to provide rhythm and harmony within the fussier planting of a collectors corner.

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ADIANTUM ADIANTACEAEA
aleuticum subsp. Aleuticum. Aleutian Maidenhair
. Creeping rhizomes with 12in slender upright black stems fan like fronds radiate at 90 degrees from it, for good humus rich soil in partial shade. £4.75 Available Autumn 2004s
W.COAST NORTH AMERICA, JAPAN

ASPLENIUM ASPLENIACEAE
scolopendrium AGM
. Harts Tongue Fern, not quite the tongue of a horse, but glossy tongues of light evergreen foliage, said to prefer a lime soil but ours are quite happy in the acid sandstone for shade growing to 16ins. £4.75
NORTHERN HEMISPHERE, BRITAIN

scolopendrium `Cristatum`. Crested Harts Tongue Fern. Fresh green fronds crested at the tip, still look good in the depths of winter, growing in most soils apart from extreamly dry conditions growing up to 18ins high. £4.75

scolopendrium muricatum. Very narrow strap like evergreen fronds up to 18ins long, provide a bold architectural form suitable for most soils. £4.75

scolopendrium `Undulatum Group`. Thick fronds with a deeply waved margin, growing to 12/15ins a good lush plant for dry shady conditions £4.75

ATHYRIUM WOODSIACEAE
filix-femina`Frizelliae` AGM
. Tatting Fern. Said to resemble Tatting, that is handmade lace. The pinnae are reduced to small balls on each side of the rachis, really looking like a string of well-spaced pearls. Growing to 9/12s, in humus rich soil in shade. £4.75
Found county wicklow eire 1857.

filix-femina `Cruciatum Group. Cruciform Lady Fern. Pinnae (leaves) branch at the point of attachment to the rachis (mid rib) and are arranged alternately up the rachis to terminate in a crest. If I have lost you at this point I can describe it simply as resembling a lattice effect. Growing to 24ins £4.75

niponicum`Pictum` AGM. Japanese painted fern. Ghostly grey fronds, or rather pinna, are supported by a stem or stipe that becomes a burgundy mid rib, with the burgundy suffusing into the pinna. This sells on sight and is a naturally occurring hybrid, for moist shade, growing to 12/15ins. £4.75

otophorum AGM. Eared Lady Fern. Triangular yellowy green fronds with a reddish stipe and rachis (stems). Growing 12/16ins moist neutral/acid soil in a sheltered position in partial shade. £4.75
JAPAN

CYRTOMIUM DRYOPTERIDACEAE
fortunei AGM
. Holly Fern, bold evergreen foliage that is neither prickly nor glossy, for a sheltered shady position in humus rich, but free draining soils 18ins. £4.75
HAWAII TO JAPAN

DRYOPTERIS DRYOPTERIDACEAE
affinis ` Cristata Angustata ` AGM
. An elegant fern with long narrow fronds 2ins wide at most but with pinnae and frond tips crested, robust and tolerant of some sun, and growing over 24ins high. £4.75

Dryopteris affinis `Cristata` AGM. The King Fern. A bold, but versatile, fern tolerant of some sun and a degree of wind exposure. The pinnae and 3ft fronds are crested. For a number of years it has grown here in the dry root run of a cherry tree in shallow sandy soil. £4.75

affinis polydactyla `Mapplebeck` AGM. The top portion of the frond divides to terminate in two heavy crests; the pinnae (leaves) are also crested. Growing to 24/36ins, of robust constitution, and tolerant of some sun. £4.75
Found in Westmorland in 1862 by MappleBeck

erythrosora AGM. Autumn Fern. Glossy triangular fronds that emerge copper pink maturing green, and given a degree of shelter will remain evergreen, growing to 24ins. £4.75
JAPAN, CHINA, TAIWAN

filix-mas crispa cristata. A small but well crested male fern, pinnea (leaves) crested with a heavy terminal crest to the frond. Tolerant of both some sun and heavy shade, in quite dry soil, growing to 12/16ins. £4.50

filix-mas cristata `Martindale`. Small crests with the pinnae (leaves) on the upper portion of the frond swept forward, giving a fishtail effect, A good Architectural plant that is versatile enough for sun or heavy shade, in quite dry soil, growing to 24/36ins. £4.75
(Wild sport found1872)

filix-mas `Grandiceps Willis` AGM. A large and robust plant with a number of crowns ultimately developing, growing to 36ins. Frond tip has broad multi branched crest, with pinnae (leaves) crested. A large versatile plant for sun or heavy shade, in quite dry soil. £4.75
(Wild sport found1870 in Dorset)

wallichiana AGM. New fronds emerge yellow green a good contrast to the near black rachis (Stems). Suitable for moist humus rich soil in partial shade where the bold sword like fronds, in favourable conditions can achieve over 3ft in height. £4.75
HAWAII, MEXICO, JAMICA, HIMALAYA

GYMNOCARPIUM WOODSIACEAE
dryopteris plumosum AGM
. NEW FOR 2004 Plumose Oak Fern. A vigorous yet delicate fern, with overlapping pinnae (leaves) held at almost 90 degrees to the stipe (stem). An easy plant at home in stony moist acid to neutral soil, in part or full shade, growing at most to 10ins although spreading by creeping rhizomes. £4.75
(Wild sport found in the Lake District early 1900`s)

MATTEUCCIA WOODSIACEAE
struthiopteris AGM
. NEW FOR 2004. Shuttlecock Fern. Wonderful and perfectly formed emerald green shuttlecocks growing 3/4ft high, a creeping rootstock but not creeping enough for me, for moist soil in partial shade. £4.75
CENTRAL EUROPE

ONOCLEA WOODSIACEAE
sensibilis AGM
. The sensitive fern, so called because with the first frost the fronds assume their autumn colours, never the less extremely hardy, for moist soil or the waters edge, in sun or light shade, pinnate fronds grow to 12ins, slowly spreading by surface rhizomes. £4.75
N. ASIA TO NORTH AMERICA

OSMUNDA OSMUNDACEAE
claytoniana AGM
. Interrupted fern. Good autumn colour grows to create a small 10in trunk moist acid to Neutral soil 2ft, and easy to establish. £4.75
NORTH AMERICA (1772)

regalis `Cristata` AGM. A bushier and more compact form than the type, with mildly crested fronds making it suitable for smaller spaces growing to 3ft at pool sides or damp gardens, given moist conditions it will grow well in full sun. £4.75 Available Autumn 2004

Osmunda regalis `Purpurascens`. NEW FOR 2004 Purple Royal Fern. Stipe (stem) deep purple the laminae (leaves) are also purple when young, growing to 36ins, for a sheltered spot in moist acid to neutral soil. £4.75
ATLANTIC ISLANDS POSIBLY

POLYPODIUM POLYPODIACEAEA
x mantoniae bifido grandiceps
. NEW FOR 2004. A handsome, if a little fussy fern, pinnae end in flat crests, and crests at the tip of the frond are very wide and flat, Robust and growing up to 18ins. £4.75
UNKNOWN origin early 1900`s)

POLYSTICHUM DRYOPTERIDACEAE
aculeatum AGM
. Hard Shield Fern, leathery evergreen fronds as much as 24 inches long forming a handsome shuttlecock, for full or partial shade. £4.75
EUROPE, BRITAIN

setiferum AGM. The Soft Shield Fern, forms a mass of finely divided fronds, tolerant of dry soil in shade, growing up 12ins £4.75
EUROPE, BRITAIN

setiferum perserratum. NEW FOR 2004 A good architectural plant with long dark green sword like fronds with a feathery appearance due to the deeply serrated pinnules that are elongated to form bristles. Growing to up to 3ft and easy in all but the driest location. £4.75 Available Autumn 2004

setiferum `Plumosdivisilobum Group`. Extremely finely fronds divided looking as if it were composed of moss, for semi shade with shelter from drying winds. £4.75

WOODWARDIA BLECHNACEAEA
fimbriata
. Giant Chain Fern. NEW FOR 2004 New to us, yet a bold and incredibly large evergreen fern growing up to 6ft with large erect fronds, for moist soil in partial shade and a protected site. £4.75
WESTERN NORTH AMERICA

Plant classification
Family, e.g. ROSACEAE in red bold capitals
Genus, e.g. FILIPENDULA in green bold capitals
Species, e.g. ulmaria in bold lower case
Culivar, e.g. `Aurea`, in single quotation marks

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