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Fern Hard Fern

Hard Fern - Photo  Copyright 2002 Gary Bradley Photo: G. Bradley

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Latin name: Blechnum spicant

Size: Fronds grow to a length of around 40cms.

Distribution: Found throughout the UK.

Flowering months: Does not flower, but remains green and fertile for most of the year.

Habitat: Woodlands. Found mostly in coppiced woods.

Special features: The hard fern is one of the few plants which remain green throughout the winter. The long flat fronds are actually sterile, and the short erect fronds are the fertile ones.

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