Ferns For Pennsylvania

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Ferns Perfect For Pennsylvania 

Ferns are non-flowering perennials that naturally inhabit shady areas and thrive well in Pennsylvania. Most parts of the state have deep, well-drained soil ideal for farming. Here are five ferns that can do well in Pennsylvania. 


 1. Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-Femina)


 Lady fern is native to the Northern Hemisphere. It has large, feathery leaves that are bright green. These ferns can grow up to 5 feet in height, and leaves can grow between 1 and 3 inches. This beautiful fan can significantly improve the aesthetics of damp shade gardens. 


 2. Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides)


 Christmas fern is native to eastern North America and has glossy, evergreen fronds throughout the year. The fronds grow in groups and can grow to heights of 2 feet. The fern doesn't spread too much and is an ideal window plant with a bit of sun and shade. 


 3. Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris)


 Native to the Eastern American woodlands, the ostrich fern has large lumps of bright fronds that resemble an ostrich. They grow well in areas with moist soil and partial or complete shade. The fern does well in moist soil and prefers indirect sunlight, making it a suitable houseplant. 


 4. Sensitive Fern (Onoclea sensibilis) 


 Sensitive fern is a large, deciduous fern abundant in wet woodlands and moist soils. Its name comes from the fern's tendency to die after the first frost. The fern can grow up to 3 feet and usually spreads quickly to form colonies. It does well in moist to wet soil and a little sun. 


 5. Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum pedatum)


 A maidenhair fern has a black stem with large segmented leaves. It is grey-green, and its fronds repel water. It requires shady or bright, indirect gardens. 




 These five ferns can do well in Pennsylvania. Plant one in your shady garden today. 

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