Asplenium platyneuron, Spleenwort Fern
SPLEENWORT FERN IS A MANAGEABLE SIZE
Spleenwort fern looks like a smaller version of the popular Christmas fern, even though the two are not close relatives. They have a lovely green color that they maintain all year round. These small ferns make good potted plants and grow well in terrariums. For outdoors, they can be used to line the garden or as a ground cover for a sunny spot. The fern loves to grow on moist rocks as well.
The plant is asymmetrical in shape. The stems are a glossy reddish brown in color. The fertile fronds on this type of fern grow straight up, while the non-fertile fronds grow in a horizontal direction. The spores are located on the back of the fronds.
SPLEENWORT FERN IS OFTEN CALLED EBONY SPLEENWORT FERN
This fern looks very similar to the Christmas fern. So if a Christmas fern is ideal for but too big, then a Spleenwort Fern would be best for you. It can also be called a mill waste because it was used in ancient medical needs to help cure milt or spleen. It can be used as a potted plant and also ground coverage. It is native the eastern coast of North America. To have these beautiful little plants will provide wonderful green accents to the garden. It is important to remember that these small ferns grow to be less than a foot tall so they will get lost in a busy garden with a lot of tall plants.