fern id?

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

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

Olympia, WA

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.

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

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.

This message was edited Sep 16, 2009 11:18 PM

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Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

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


Waterman, IL(Zone 5a)

Looks like vetch to me also.

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

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

Waterman, IL(Zone 5a)

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.

Gonzales, LA

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??

Waterman, IL(Zone 5a)

Sounds like a stolon.

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