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Botanical Name - Silvery Glade Fern - Deparia acrostichoides Hardy Planting Zones - 3-8 Sun or Shade – Partial to Full Shade Mature Height - 24-36" Mature Width - 24-30" Bloom Season – Summer Gardener Status - Beginner
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Glade Fern - Deparia Acrostichoides

The Glad Fern, also known as “Narrow-Leaved Spleenwort”, has lush dark green feathery foliage that doesn’t fade or yellow. Thriving best in full shade or partial sun, this plant is going to stand out in your garden all year long. Plant size varies from 1.5 to 4 feet tall and is natively found on moist rocky hillsides throughout the Central and Eastern United States. Individual leaves are up to 3 feet long and 9 inches across. Leaves have a long slender simple-pinnate form with 20-30 pairs of leaflets providing an appealing texture to the garden. Use between large boulders and rocks for a tropical feel or to provide a wilder exotic theme. It has few problems with disease and insects, making it ideal around other floral vegetation. Although the plant does not have direct relationships with wildlife, it does provide suitable ground cover and a shaded moist base for amphibians, turtles and beneficial soil detritivores. Glade Fern is easily spread and can be divided in the spring to fill in other areas of the garden. Although mostly a dark green color, this plant can sometimes pigment variations from bright green to greenish blue depending on moisture and soil nutrition. Plants that complement Glade Fern in the garden include other species of Hosta, Bleeding Heart, Lily of the Valley and Astilbe among many others. Known to do well on shaded hillsides, this plant can be placed in areas not normally accessible or hard to reach. Glad Fern is low maintenance and does not require annual pruning or soil amendments. Fonds of the plant stay full and fluffy, providing a delightful sweeping motion during breezy days. It is the perfect addition to the shaded rock garden. These gorgeous ferns are shipped to the consumer in their bare root form, so they arrive in top notch condition.


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A Glade Fern is a perennial whose leaves grow in clusters that ascend in size. Unlike many ferns which grow on mossy rocks, it likes lush, silty soil in shaded spots. The Glade Fern is most common as a naturally-occurring plant throughout Illinois, with the highest concentration found in the southern tip of the state. They need high-quality natural habitats to thrive, preferably in a low, rocky terrain with abundant amounts of sandstone or limestone. White-tail deer are known to nibble on this species, so cultivate this adaptable plant in your garden to attract local wildlife!