Milford’s Best Kept Secret: Indigenous Ferns

Milford’s Best Kept Secret: Indigenous Ferns

Have you ever wanted to add a touch of the exotic to your garden? If so, consider adding some indigenous ferns. There are several types to choose from, so you’re sure to find one that will thrive in your climate and landscape. They add aesthetics and interest, but ferns also provide essential wildlife habitats.

So, Against The Elements delves into the world of greens to explore the different types of indigenous ferns that you can add to your landscape! There’s something for everyone here, so keep reading to see which fern suits you, whether you’re a beginner or a pro.

Understand Your Climate:

Michigan has a moderate and humid continental climate, meaning the state experiences four distinct seasons. Summers are warm and humid, while winters can be cold and snowy. Spring and fall are generally mild, although they can be unpredictable.

When choosing plants for your landscape, it’s vital to consider your climate. Some plants will do better in certain environments than others. That’s why it’s crucial to choose indigenous plants already acclimated to the Michigan climate.

Christmas Fern (Polystichum Acrostichoides)

This hardy fern is evergreen, which means it will provide your landscape with color and texture all year long. The Christmas fern is a native that does well in shady, moist areas. It’s an excellent choice for adding some greenery to your landscape, especially in winter. It is sensitive to drought conditions and should be watered regularly during dry spells.

Interrupted Fern (Osmunda Claytoniana)

The interrupted fern is another Michigan native that does well in shady, moist areas. It’s a taller fern, growing up to four feet tall, and has a light green color. The interrupted fern gets its name from the way its leaflets are arranged on the fronds (the leaf-like structures of the fern). Leaflets are attached to the main stem of the frond by a short stalk, giving the leaflet an “interrupted” appearance. Consider planting some around your pool or in a shady garden bed.

Bulblet Fern (Cystopteris bulbifera)

The bulblet fern is a small, delicate-looking fern with light green fronds. It’s a slow-growing fern, only reaching about eight inches tall. As its name suggests, the bulblet fern has small, round “bulbils” (miniature plantlets) on the undersides of its fronds. These bulblets can eventually detach from the parent plant and grow into new ferns. Rocky slopes, shaded banks, and wooded areas are typical habitats for the bulblet fern. The bulblet fern would be great for your landscaping if your property has these features.

Ebony Spleenwort (Asplenium platyneuron)

The ebony spleenwort is a dark green, evergreen fern with black stems. It is highly adaptable and can grow in various habitats, including shady areas with dry soil. This fern is native to Michigan and can be found in woodlands, fields, and along roadsides. It typically grows about two feet tall and has long lance-shaped leaves. The ebony spleenwort gets its name because the spore-bearing structures on the underside of its leaves resemble the human organ.


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