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Matteuccia orientalis (new)

An Asian relative of the European shuttlecock fern, but very different, bearing wide spreading broader fronds on long stipes. A particularly handsome thing with a distinctive look in the garden, requiring a reasonably wind sheltered site and a not too dry soil. Height 60-90cm. Hardy.

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Matteuccia struthiopteris

Matteuccia struthiopteris

Ostrich Plume Fern. Beautiful, symmetrical 'Shuttlecocks' of fresh, very light-green fronds in spring, opening out during summer. Spreads slowly underground to form a colony. Ht to 1m. Moist, even boggy soil in shade/semi-shade.

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Matteuccia struthiopteris 'Jumbo' (new)

For those who like things big, this is a large form of the Ostrich Plume or Shuttlecock Fern with fronds up to 1.5m tall; named in the USA but originally from European stock. Beautiful, symmetrical 'Shuttlecocks' of fresh, very light-green fronds in spring, opening out during summer. Spreads slowly underground to form a colony. Moist, even boggy soil in shade/semi-shade. Hardy.

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Microlepia strigosa

Highly attractive and most unusual in the UK the 'Lace Fern' has downy light green fronds to 90cm tall. Evergreen in mild gardens, this will be deciduous for many, where it should be perfectly hardy. This has a broad distribution in the wild, from the Himalayas, Asia, Japan, etc. For a shaded, preferably sheltered site.

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Microlepia strigosa 'MacFaddeniae'

Originating in a California garden, this highly ornamental form of the Asian 'Lace Fern' has fronds along the same lines of the Tatting fern, Athyrium filix-femina 'Frizelliae', though longer and potentially evergreen. Evergreen in mild gardens, this will be deciduous for many, where it should be perfectly hardy. For a shaded, preferably sheltered site.

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Microsorum henryi (new)

Best suited to pot culture, unless you live in a mild area like the west coast or Central London, where it could be tried outside. A clump forming evergreen from warmer parts of Asia, this has lots of long, very slim, shiny fronds, with undulating margins; the underside of adult fronds with two opposite rows of orange sori.

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