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 doesnÃ¢Â.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.