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Hardy Zones - 4-9, Partial To- Shady Areas- Soil Type- Moist

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The Fragile Fern - Cystopteris fragilis

The fragile fern is a well adaptable, sustainable plant that can be grown in many locations despite the names indication of having a delicate nature. The plant is small with a dainty appearance, hence the name as the fragile fern. It can be found in particular along woodland edges, rocky hillsides and overhanging in particular spots across the lands. As far as home growing is concerned, it's a surprisingly hearty plant that does well in a variety of soil types as well as sunlight is concerned with a preference towards full or at least partial sun exposure. This plant is considered easy to grow as well as maintain. The fern does have spores and such are found on the underside of the leaflets. It has a growth cycle that starts in spring and can peak within the season but also reach out into summer and while hearty often does well in a damp climate.

Aside from the delicate, drawn-out leafy appearance, this particular fern is noticeable in part because unlike many other types, it grows on soils instead of just rocky surfaces. A few variations exist including the southern fragile fern. The plant also goes by a few different names. Aside from fragile fern, it can be found across the lands and for purchase under the genus as well as brittle bladder fern and brittle fern. When shipped, this particular plant is usually shipped bare root. Also noteworthy in appearance is the feature of the fronds, which have stripes(central stems) that are as brittle as the leaves, taking in part in the creation of the common name associated with the fern. While easy to grow, the plant is named fragile for a reason, which makes breakage a common factor as it's more than just a cute name. This is one fern to andle with care.


The Fragile Fern is a plant that can be found in most areas of the world and looks like your typical fern. This type of plant prefers to grow in shady areas, which are very moist; Forests that have a thick canopy, where there is a lot of rain and a tiny bit of sunlight are areas where you can find a huge amount of fragile fern. If you are living in a very wet, or moist area that gets a lot of shade, you are going to be in the perfect place to grow this type of plant. The plant has long leaves, which are about thirty to forty centimeters in length, which branch off with smaller leaves coming out of both sides, creating large leaves that almost look like a fan. The leaves also have a lot of sori, which appear like small buds, or sacks that grow on the plant. They are green for a portion of the year, which are hardy to be noticed by the eye, but when the plant is in bloom, they tend to have a dark brown appearance, making the fragile fern very noticeable. One of the best things about growing this type of plant is the fact that they only tend to flourish in areas that are getting a great deal of moisture, so hardly any tending needs to be done.