The fragile fern is usually deep brown or black at its base. It is only as it ascends that it becomes yellow or a bright green. Its central stem is firm to the touch. This is a breed of fern that is typically in higher altitudes such as cliffs, ridges, and mountaintops. Whatever the high altitude, it does best in very wet areas. It also does best if these areas have moist, nutrient-rich soil. It does well whether these conditions are woodland or rocky areas.
You will also most often find it in New England area in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. It is also native to the Missouri region. You will often find it in dense woods. It is also found in certain wet and heavily forested areas in both Europe and Asia. Like most ferns, each leaf blade is divided into two rows of leaflets. The primary blades that branch off from the firm stems are anywhere from 5 to 10 centimeters long. In addition, these leaflets on these blades are more oval than many other types of fern leaflets.
The body of the bush itself is asymmetrical with the branches going every which way. The fronds are also unpredictable, being either fully erect or bowed. The bush body is also anywhere from 6 to 15 inches tall. All of the leaf blades, both the primary one and the small leaflets, are very venous. They also have the typical spore-bearing fronds. These fronds are not characterized by any hair whatsoever. The fragile fern is easily confused with other members of its species who are very similar. This is one of nature’s most decorative ferns. It gives flair to the high rocky or woodland areas. It is also favored by gardeners who are going for a natural, rustic look.