Broad Beech fern, Phegopteris hexagonoptera

Broad Beech Fern is an attractive, colonizing fern with triangular fronds. A medium-sized attractive plant that can be used in moist woodland and naturalized areas in a shady native garden It prefers moist, rich, well-drained, acidic soils in partial to deep shade. The deciduous leaves are produced directly from the shallow rhizomes in spring. Click for more information

Triangular shaped frond. Photo by K. Mulcahy

A colony in my woods. There is something very soothing about an expanse of ferns. Photo by K. Mulcahy

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