Interrupted Ferns are a lovely plant to have around any house
Common Name: Interrupted Fern
Sun Exposure: Full or part sun
Mature Height: 2'-4'
Growth Rate: Fast, symmetrical clumps
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Soil Requirements: Prefers stony, dry, mildly acidic soil. Established plants tolerate some drought but do better with summer watering.
Pruning: None needed. New fronds emerge in spring and then die back in the fall.
Flower Form: In early spring, the deciduous interrupted fern is one of the first to appear. The new sterile fronds are white with wool when they enroll. The bipinnate fronds are then bright green all summer and turn gold in fall. Fertile fronds poke up from the center and are taller with three to seven spore-bearing segments hanging from the middle, giving this fern its common name. These spores soon drop off in hopes of producing new plants in ideal conditions. While it is considered hardy and stands up well to rabbits, it shouldn't be disturbed or divided. This species of fern gets its scientific name from English-born Virginian botanist John Clayton. Its common name comes from the short cinnamon-colored segments that are set into the middle of the plant's length.
Interrupted Ferns are non-flowering, reproducing instead by brown spores
It has a reasonably high shade tolerance and thrives well in dappled woodlands where it can receive its high water requirements.
Rich wooded slopes and moist ledges are its native habitat, making it excellent to grow in states in the Pacific North West and the East Coast. Foliage is dense, porous, and green during the peak summer blooming months with a moderate growth rate. Maximum planting density is 1200 plants per acre, making it an excellent plant for those desiring an excellent ground cover.
Interrupted Ferns are low maintenance plants with a low seed rate
It is easy to cultivate, and its vegetative spread rate is rapid but with a slow seed rate. The plant grows naturally around roads and in open fields where the soil remains moist. Native to North America they grow great almost anywhere wet ground is found. They also add a beautiful green touch to put them somewhere. They are also good at covering a shady spot that can’t be covered by other types of plants.