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
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Research Ideal for dense shade is the hard fern, or Blechnum spicant.
Roedd y rhedyn ungoes yma (Pteridium aquiliunium; bracken), y farchredynen gyffredin (Dryopteris filix-mas; male fern) a'r wibredynen (Blechnum spicant; hard fern) i gyd yn tyfu yma.
Ideal for dense shade is the hard fern or Blechnum spicant, but this plant, unfortunately, only thrives on acid or lime-free soil - so it's important to do your plant research before you buy to avoid making mistakes.