As summer days begin to shorten and plants reach the end of their summer peak, this is an excellent time to view the many ferns in the garden. They too will die back later in the season, so take time to stop and admire them.
Native to China and the Himalayas, it has been used as a treatment for colds, headaches, and inflammatory chest problems. Researchers have even found an ethanolic extract in the leaves and stems which has been studied for its anti-cancer properties.
Its fronds grow in palmate clusters that fan out from a curved stem. This lovely, fine-textured fern grows in moist areas near creeks and in rocky seeps, and is a common presence in waterfall mist zones.
centipede's legs, and scolopendrium is Latin for "centipede.” Hart’s tongue is widespread in Europe, but the North American variety is found only in rare, scattered populations and is classified as threatened in its entire range.
The mature fronds provide cover for small wildlife and butterflies, and are sometimes enjoyed as a tasty snack by animals such as deer or mountain beavers.