Ferns

common-polypody
Common polypody

Ferns really come into their own at this time of year, looking fresh and lovely while many flowering plants are dying back. I’m finding them hard to identify though! Two easy ones are maidenhair spleenwort and wall rue, both small but impressive for their ability to cling to seemingly bare walls.

maidenhair spleenwort
maidenhair spleenwort
wall-rue
wall rue

Male fern and soft shield fern look pretty similar and I’m not sure of my ID below. Hard fern is distinctive, with its black stalks, and so is the glossy harts tongue (shown with cuckoo pint berries). Bracken is taller and tougher than all the rest.

male fern
male fern
soft shield fern and hard fern
soft shield fern and hard fern
hartstongue
harts tongue
bracken
bracken
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