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Thelypteris kunthii or Dryopteris ludoviciana~ both names go with our native Southern wood fern. Critters love to eat it, but it recovers quickly. These are fresh fronds with no damage.
Another view of Southern Wood fern. Transplant it very early in the Spring and it will do fine.
The LBJ website reports that it's good for shade gardens with oppressively hot summers, high humidity, and heavy clay soils. Yep, that's what I've got! LOL
Holly fern ( Cyrtomium falcatum ) is tough. It can even dry out a bit between waterings, but I don't like to take chances. Once a fern dries out, it has to start completely over from rhizomes.
Southern Maidenhair fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris) growns along the north side of our house next to the water faucet. It gets a splash of water each day or so. It prefers limestone soils and alkaline conditions. This fern is famous since it grows along Texas springs, waterfalls, and Hill Country creeks. It's probably my favorite.
The last of one of my bicolored ferns.
A small fern in the Boston fern (Nephrolepis) family. It can take drier conditions better than most.
Lace fern (Microlepia strigosa) is easy and quite cold hardy.
Mother fern (Woodwardia orientalis) hangs on for dear life. Each year I think it's dead, but it pops up each Spring like a phoenix.
I also grow Leatherleaf fern (Rumohra adiantiformis) and this works well for Houston.
I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING FOR HOUSTON if the climate continues to stay drier and hotter:
In the past I've grown (and lost) the following:
Australian tree fern
Small tree fern
rabbit's foot fern
Bird's nest fern
Giant staghorn fern (it was magnificent!)
Five fingered maidenhair fern
and the ever gorgeous Japanese Painted fern. If you are in a moist zone 8 garden area, try it!
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