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Hard Fern

Rob Spencer (February)



Very few plants remain green throughout the winter but this Hard Fern (Blechnum spicant), found in the woods at Plas y Brenin, is one of them. The long flat green fronds are actually sterile but do produce food for the plant. Short, erect fronds are the fertile bits. It doesnâÂ.Â.t flower but it can produce spores for most of the winter.
A pretty hardy character, which is probably why Hard Fern is a popular garden plant all over the UK, and perhaps explains why the Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM). Not bad for a common woodland plant.






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