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Hart's Tonque Fern

Asplenium scolopendrium

Also known as

Burnt Weed, Buttonhole, Christ's Hair, Horse Tongue, Hartstonque, Hart's tongue fern

Phyllitis scolopendrium subsp. scolopendrium 01 by Line1 by Liné1 (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


    • spring
    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter

    This plant has no fragrance

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    Hart's Tonque Fern Overview

    Asplenium scolopendrium is a rosette-forming, evergreen fern. It has upright to arching, strap-shaped and leathery, bright green fronds with wavy margins. Commonly known as Hart's Tongue Fern produces spores on the underside of the fonds. They are interestingly arranged on the bottom, in pattern-like, parallel strips across the leaf surface. They are quite distinctive and are coloured red-brown, which contrasts attractively against the green fronds. This plant has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

    Common problems with Hart's Tonque Fern

    How to harvest Hart's Tonque Fern

    Generally not harvested.

    How to propagate Hart's Tonque Fern


    Special features of Hart's Tonque Fern

    Attractive leaves

    Ground cover

    Other uses of Hart's Tonque Fern

    Walls, rock garden, banks


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