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shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

September 17, 2009
1:04 AM

Post #7072368

Can anybody id this fern that is growing wild here in the Kansas City Missouri metro. area? Would it grow by cuttings?
Thanks, Will
wannadanc
Olympia, WA

September 17, 2009
1:41 AM

Post #7072487

No photo or description, so no chance I can help you...

However, fern do not propagate by cuttings. At least, I am not aware of any that do. Digging up the plant and taking home roots and leaves MIGHT work.

shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

September 17, 2009
4:12 AM

Post #7072939

Oops! forgot to insert the photo, sorry! : ) I'm hearing Maidenhair spleenwort, anybody agree?
As for an amateurish description, it is like a ground cover, not more than 8 inches or so off the ground. I've seen some ferns, this wasn't a very large fern, maybe leaves (fronds) 6 - 9 inches in length.
Will

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

September 17, 2009
11:53 PM

Post #7075587

Not sure it is a fern at all! Looks more like a vetch (Vicia), in the pea family.

Resin
pastime
Waterman, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 18, 2009
12:27 PM

Post #7076976

Looks like vetch to me also.
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

September 19, 2009
8:53 AM

Post #7080373

Vetch eh? Its still a neat plant. I'm gonna try to find out if it would be American Vetch or Crown Vetch, not sure.
Thanks, Will
pastime
Waterman, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 19, 2009
12:06 PM

Post #7080567

A lot of community highway departments plant Crown Vetch for erosion control. It's not a plant you would want to put in your yard. Very, very invasive and hard to get rid of once it gets a hold. I made that mistake once. It gets a pink, clover-like flower and is taller than the one in your picture. I'm not familiar with American Vetch.
missdaisys
Gonzales, LA

September 30, 2009
11:40 PM

Post #7121484

I also need an ID - my newly purchased very has soft fronds with really long roots hanging out of the top of the pot and downward. I am assuming these are roots-maybe not??
pastime
Waterman, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 1, 2009
12:19 PM

Post #7122900

Sounds like a stolon.

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