hard fern

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hard fern

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(Plants) a common tufted erect fern of the polypody family, Blechnum spicant, having dark-green lanceolate leaves: it prefers acid soils, and in the US is sometimes grown as deer feed. US name: deer fern
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Noun1.hard fern - any of several ferns of the genus Blechnumhard fern - any of several ferns of the genus Blechnum
fern - any of numerous flowerless and seedless vascular plants having true roots from a rhizome and fronds that uncurl upward; reproduce by spores
Blechnum, genus Blechnum - in some classification systems placed in family Polypodiaceae; terrestrial ferns of cosmopolitan distribution mainly in southern hemisphere: hard ferns
Blechnum spicant, deer fern - fern with erect fronds of Europe and western North America; often cultivated for deer browse