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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Types Of Ferns

Pteris ensiformis

There are many types of ferns in the world. Species of fern grow in almost any climate, save sub-Antarctic. There are fern species that will grow in deserts, tolerating extreme heat and drought. Other types of fern will grow only in the deepest areas of the rainforest.

Fluffy Ruffle Fern

Several types of fern can be added to the same garden, for a dramatic look. Most of the fern species prefer shaded areas with moist soil, and these can be combined underneath a shade-giving tree for a spectacul
ar look. Most species of fern are purely green, while other types of fern, such as cinnamon and Japanese painted, offer vivid colors to a shady garden.

Fern identification is often hard to do, as many species of fern look very similar. The easiest type of fern identification is close inspection of the orientation of the fronds and the leaves growing off the sides. Many types of ferns, while looking similar at first glance, will become very different indeed when inspected thoroughly.

Polystichum acrostichoides Christmas Fern


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