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PlantFiles: Hart's Tongue Fern
Asplenium scolopendrium 'Angustatum'

Family: Aspleniaceae
Genus: Asplenium (ass-PLEE-nee-um) (Info)
Species: scolopendrium (skol-oh-PEND-ree-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Angustatum

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From spores

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Weezingreens On Nov 28, 2005, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

This cut-leaf Hart's Tongue has a tight, compact habit. Its strapped fronds are narrow and crimped along the edges, giving it a ruffly appearance. It is tolerant of most conditions, but prefers moist, water-retentive soil. Will tolerate lime in the soil.

Positive wallaby1 On Nov 27, 2005, wallaby1 from Lincoln
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

Obtained from Mill Cottage Plants, Wookey, Uk, approx. 5 years ago as a young plant. This is an attractive, very deep green fern. It grows to approx. 15" tall in its allocated spot, in fairly deep shade, next to a cut-off branch from the Horse Chestnut tree under which it resides. It is next to a pathway so can be seen, and being evergreen is a great shade plant.

The fronds are quite tough, relatively narrow, and form an attractive vase shape. The frond edges are deeply cut and crispate, a recent frond has a crest at the tip. Mostly evergreen, it will remain looking good. It may need old fronds removing when new ones grow in spring, but not every year and they never look 'rough'. I have grown new ferns easily from the spore, they still need transplanting but are forgiving!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Helena, Alabama
Washington, District Of Columbia

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