Special Collections


NCBG - Fern Collection

While there are many opportunities to enjoy native southeastern ferns at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, the fern collection in front of the Paul Green cabin provides a different experience. Here, ferns are arranged so that visitors may see and compare specimens of related Southeastern species in the near beds and appreciate the intricate patterns and textures of masses of ferns in the surrounding area. An example is the juxtaposition of northern maidenhair fern, a not uncommon plant that grows in the mountains of North Carolina, with southern maidenhair, a rare fern found closer to our coast.

Last Update: 2018-11-20

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id_plant scientific common duration habit height thumb detail
ADCA Adiantum capillus-veneris Southern Maidenhair Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
ADPE Adiantum pedatum Northern Maidenhair Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
ANVI6 Anchistea virginica Virginia Chain Fern 18-24 in. detail
ATAS Athyrium asplenioides Southern Lady Fern 2-3 ft. detail
CYBU3 Cystopteris bulbifera Bulblet Bladder Fern Perennial Forb/herb detail
CYPR4 Cystopteris protrusa Lowland Bladder Fern Perennial Forb/herb detail
CYTE3 Cystopteris tennesseensis Tennessee Bladder Fern Perennial Forb/herb detail
DEAC4 Deparia acrostichoides Silvery Spleenwort Perennial Forb/herb detail
DIPY Diplazium pycnocarpon Glade Fern Perennial Forb/herb 2-3 ft. detail
DRCE Dryopteris celsa Log Fern Perennial Forb/herb 2-4 ft. detail
DRCR4 Dryopteris cristata Crested Wood-fern Perennial Forb/herb detail
DRGO Dryopteris goldiana Goldie’s Wood-fern Perennial Forb/herb detail
DRIN5 Dryopteris intermedia Evergreen Wood-fern Perennial Forb/herb detail
DRLU Dryopteris ludoviciana Southern Wood-fern Perennial Forb/herb detail
DRMA4 Dryopteris marginalis Marginal Wood-fern 18-24 in. detail
DRAU5 Dryopteris ×australis Dixie Wood Fern Perennial Forb/herb up to 4 ft. detail
EQHYA2 Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine Tall Scouring-rush 2-5 ft. detail
LOAR7 Lorinseria areolata Netted Chain Fern 18-24 in. detail
ONSE Onoclea sensibilis Sensitive Fern Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
OSSP3 Osmunda spectabilis American Royal Fern 1 - 2 ft. detail
OSCI2 Osmundastrum cinnamomeum Cinnamon Fern Perennial Forb/herb detail
PHHE11 Phegopteris hexagonoptera Broad Beech Fern Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
POAC4 Polystichum acrostichoides Christmas Fern Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
THKU Thelypteris kunthii Southern Shield Fern Perennial Forb/herb 2-3 ft. detail
THNO Thelypteris noveboracensis New York Fern Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
THPAP Thelypteris palustris var. pubescens Marsh Fern Perennial Forb/herb detail