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Glade Fern is now known as Homalosorus pycnocarpos.
It is predominantly known for its appealing narrow leaf-like fronds.
It is a native plant to the USA and Canada. The plant was previously botanically named Asplenium pycnocarpon, Diplazium pycnocarpon, and Athyrium pycnocarpon, but now it is known as Homalosorus pycnocarpos. And it is also commonly called narrow-leaf spleenwort and glade fern.
It has beautiful bunches of narrow, long, and green fronds. The small leaf-like fronds grow in clumps from the rhizomes, rising upward. The clusters of fronds make the plant look like an attractive bouquet plant. The shiny green leaflets are sometimes slightly curved on the edges and blade.
The narrow-leaf glade fern effortlessly grows until they have sufficient water, and it thrives in wet, loamy, and drained soils. They love to grow in dense forests as their growth is more encouraged in full shade than partial shade. The fern can also grow in indirect sunlight, and it hardly needs any maintenance except a shady and moist land. They are also found near swamps and meadows, and they grow best throughout the summers, especially from July to September.
It grows to a height of 1-2 feet with 2-3 feet width. The stems are dark green and primarily smooth but sometimes can be hairy. The fronds embedded in the stems have a length range of 12-28 inches. It favors growing in alkaline soil and neutral lands. It can grow in any moist ground, but zone 3-8 is ideal for them. The fertile fronds of the narrow-leaved glade fern are more firm and have narrower pinnae than that of sterile fronds. The sizes and lengths of both types of fronds are pretty similar.
But still, the sterile fronds are easily identifiable from the fertile ones as the growth of bunches of sporangia (spore-producing structures) is quite apparent. Clusters of sporangia are called sori (singular: sorus) that grow on the bottom side of the fertile fronds near the midvein to the tip of fronds.
The sori change their color from a lighter green than the leaflet (when immature) to brown (second stage) and then visibly purplish or dark brown when completely mature. The leaves initiate on rhizomes already grown under the soil, which means the reproduction and distribution of glade fern is through their creeping rhizomes.
This plant can be grown indoors due to its shade requirement, and you need to supply water to the soil adequately. It is a graceful small plant that can make any place charming. People who buy narrow-leaf glade fern plants grow them indoors or in their home gardens. They can control the humid factor of its surroundings in summers when it is growing best.
Posted by Bobbie Rose on Aug 21, 2019
I really love these ferns planted in my flower garden in front of the house. They look great.
Posted by Sandy Gaylord on Mar 30, 2017
Stunning! Love my plants, thank you TN.
Posted by Daisy on Mar 28, 2017
The shipping is fast, easy and affordable and I can't wait to order from this company again. They make ordering from them easy.
Posted by Happy mom on May 13, 2016
The color is just perfect and looks well as its growing too.
Posted by Sarah Land on May 12, 2016
arrived well packed and healthy.
Posted by Carrie on May 06, 2016
The plants came promptly and were in great shape. I have ordered these twice from this vendor and was pleased with the results both times.
We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.
We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.
Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.