Deparia acrostichoides, Glade Fern
GLADE FERN WILL GROW AROUND AREA WITH LOTS OF MOISTURE WITH A LOT OF SHADE.
Glade fern develops leaves in groups that get to be about one and a half to three and a half feet tall. They have a unique purple color at the base and then become a darker green as you go up. They drought tolerant but it does need lots of moisture. It does prefer light shade as well as moist, loamy, or silty soil. It does tend to disease and insect problems. It is deciduous, so it dies down in the winter, but new leaves start producing in the spring and continue throughout the summer. It is also a very adaptable for gardens. It is widely scattered throughout Illinois, but it's mostly uncommon throughout the state, only at the southernmost tip can you see it more readily. The habitats include low wooded slopes, shaded ravines, rocky canyons, and wooded areas along the streams. It is founded mostly around sandstone or limestone that is close to the ground surface. It does tend to be an eaten by white tail deer. But it does provide cover for other wildlife. It is easily distinguishable from other ferns by its shiny leaves, large size, and the simple pinnate structure of the leaves and the smooth margins of the long slender leaflets; Which gives the glade fern a more exotic look to it.