i have identified six fern species in my woods so far: ostrich, interrupted, cinnamon, lady, sensitive, and maidenhair. my neighbor tells me that years ago our woods used to be full of bracken ferns but the local garden center dug them all up for resale (how, legally and morally, could they even do that?). my husband wants more ostrich ferns for spring fiddleheads. i want more bracken ferns for a primeval feeling understory to our woods. step aside, johnny appleseed. make way for mary fernspore.
ostrich fern fronds