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- Common Name: Sun Exposure: Light Grows in the shade, ideally in the woods and along moist banks. Hardiness Zones:6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Mature Height:1-2 feet Spread:to 1 foot Spacing:24-36 in. (60-90 cm) Growth Rate:Year 1-2 ft.
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Black-Stemmed Spleenwort Fern also has a broader habitat.
Black-Stemmed Spleenwort Fern is a moisture-loving fern found throughout South America and southern portions of the United States, with some plants growing comfortably as far north as Pennsylvania.
The spleenwort is hardy from Zones 6 to 9 and is capable of thriving in rocky areas where other plants fail to take root. In particular, this species does well in regions that contain limestone and other calcium-rich rocks and soil. The plant is drought tolerant, despite its preference for moist soil. Take care to plant this spleenwort species in well-draining soil in a shady spot. It will reward you with green abundance even when other garden plants succumb to dry heat.
The fern is distinguished by its leathery textured, dark green fronds and black stems. Some plants' leaves take on a slightly bluish tinge; this is natural and worth noting. This unique subtlety can help you choose companion shade plants that will complement the almost hidden hues.
The plants' thin fronds sport small, blunt-tipped leaves that create a symmetrical, neat appearance. Reaching heights of 6 to 12 inches with a 6-inch spread, the fern is a wonderful background plant for shade gardens or dry areas. The evergreen leaves provide contrast in the spring and summer when the fern grows between moss-covered stones.
In the winter, the spleenwort's black stems and green leaves contrast with gray and snowy landscapes.
This fern is often seen in natural woodland gardens and rock gardens or used as ornamental foliage near specimen plants or in containers. Its growth rate is average, and since it prefers smaller spaces, it rarely migrates to other areas of the garden. Though the black stemmed spleenwort's upright fronds resemble the Maidenhair spleenwort's growth habit, Black Stemmed Spleenwort is more straightforward to cultivate and is often several inches bigger than Maidenhair.
Black-Stemmed Spleenwort Fern