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Phyllitis Scolopendrium
(Hart's Tongue Fern)

£12.00 £9.60

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January - December
75cm x 50cm
Partial Shade, Shade
Easy Care
Fully Hardy

Our Phyllitis Scolopendrium, the “Hart’s Tongue Fern.” It’s the plant world’s linguist, but don’t expect it to spill any juicy secrets! A leafy, tongue-tied beauty ideal for your shaded garden spaces.

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Introducing the award-winning Phyllitis Scolopendrium, better known as the "Hart's Tongue Fern," a delight for your eyes with a unique personality. Native to Europe, this fern is more than just a plant; it's a conversation starter in your garden. Other known names of this striking fern are 'Buttonhole' or 'Burnt Weed', whatever you choose to call it, it will certainly be the talk of the town. The evergreen "Hart's Tongue Fern" forms a rosette of arching tongue-like fronds that have a distinctive, glossy texture and can reach between 30cm - 75cm in length. These fronds, which can reach eye-catching heights, create an intriguing visual display with margins that often undulate, reminiscent of nature's own quirky sense of humour. What's even more captivating about this fern is its adaptability. It thrives all year through in various garden settings, from damp woodlands to shaded corners, Cottage and Informal Gardens, City and Courtyard Gardens, Flower borders and beds, ideal for Ground cover and under-planting of roses and shrubs. This fern adds a touch of botanical humour and a unique character to your outdoor space, making it the ideal choice if you're looking to spark conversations and stand out in your gardening endeavors. Enjoy the light-hearted charm of the "Hart's Tongue Fern" as it elevates your gardens design bringing height to your shaded garden spaces.

Planting Conditions

Planting Phyllitis Scolopendrium, the "Hart's Tongue Fern," is a delightful endeavour. Select a spot with well-drained soil and provide partial to full shade to replicate its preferred woodland habitat. This adaptable fern thrives in various environments, from damp woodlands to shaded gardens. Emulate these conditions to create an ideal home for this conversation-starting plant. By minimising direct sunlight, you offer the "Hart's Tongue Fern" a comfortable stage to showcase its intriguing tongue-like fronds, transforming your garden into a unique and captivating space that's bound to get people talking. It's the plant that knows how to keep a secret and start a conversation at the same time!

Watering & Feeding

Caring for Phyllitis Scolopendrium, the "Hart's Tongue Fern," is as straightforward as its tongue-in-cheek name. Keep the soil consistently moist, echoing its woodland preferences, but avoid waterlogged conditions. This fern isn't particularly demanding when it comes to feeding; it usually thrives on the nutrients available in your garden soil. Occasional feeding with a balanced, slow-release fertiliser during the growing season can enhance its vitality, though it's not obligatory. This fern is the silent conversationalist of your garden, adding a dash of intrigue without the need for a lot of talking. Enjoy its unique charm with minimal effort in your shaded garden spaces.

General Care

Caring for Phyllitis Scolopendrium, the "Hart's Tongue Fern," is hassle-free. Plant it in well-drained soil with partial to full shade, mimicking its woodland habitat. This fern is naturally resistant to diseases and pests, reducing the need for vigilant pest control efforts. Maintain its attractive appearance by trimming any damaged or discolored fronds during late Winter or early Spring. The "Hart's Tongue Fern" is an engaging and low-maintenance addition that adds unique charm to your garden, making it an ideal choice if you're looking for a conversation starter without the need for intensive care.