Asplenium Scolopendrum 2L
Hart’s Tongue Fern

Asplenium Scolopendrum 2L

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As romantic as mediaeval heraldry, these Hart’s Tongues Ferns, Asplenium scolopendrium, were so named in the mists of time because the young, unfurled leaves recall the tongues of stags. The mature leaves – bottle-green, shiny, and extraordinarily exotic for a native plant – look wonderfully verdant in a shady corner or growing out of a dry-stone wall.


Ferns are amongst the most ancient living organisms, their origins dating back hundreds of millions of years, with fossils revealing how little they have evolved. Widespread across the earth, this slightly more recent variety is indigenous to the Far East.


Ferns are sporophytes and reproduce asexually, either by cloning themselves or scattering spores or ‘sori’.

  • Moist, well drained soil
  • Any aspect
  • Shade or partial sun
  • Sheltered
  • Container

Ferns require little attention, remove dead leaves as necessary, but do so after the winter because they protect the plant from the cold. They can be planted in full sun and in containers if you are prepared to water well during the summer months.