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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scientific common duration habit height thumb detail
Adiantum capillus-veneris Southern Maidenhair Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
Adiantum pedatum Northern Maidenhair Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
Anchistea virginica Virginia Chain Fern 18-24 in. detail
Athyrium asplenioides Southern Lady Fern 2-3 ft. detail
Cystopteris bulbifera Bulblet Bladder Fern Perennial Forb/herb detail
Cystopteris protrusa Lowland Bladder Fern Perennial Forb/herb detail
Cystopteris tennesseensis Tennessee Bladder Fern Perennial Forb/herb detail
Deparia acrostichoides Silvery Spleenwort Perennial Forb/herb detail
Diplazium pycnocarpon Glade Fern Perennial Forb/herb 2-3 ft. detail
Dryopteris celsa Log Fern Perennial Forb/herb 2-4 ft. detail
Dryopteris cristata Crested Wood-fern Perennial Forb/herb detail
Dryopteris goldiana Goldie’s Wood-fern Perennial Forb/herb detail
Dryopteris intermedia Fancy Fern Perennial Forb/herb detail
Dryopteris ludoviciana Southern Wood-fern Perennial Forb/herb detail
Dryopteris marginalis Marginal Wood-fern 18-24 in. detail
Dryopteris ×australis Dixie Wood Fern Perennial Forb/herb up to 4 ft. detail
Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine Tall Scouring-rush 2-5 ft. detail
Lorinseria areolata Netted Chain Fern 18-24 in. detail
Onoclea sensibilis Sensitive Fern Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
Osmunda spectabilis American Royal Fern 1 - 2 ft. detail
Osmundastrum cinnamomeum Cinnamon Fern Perennial Forb/herb detail
Phegopteris hexagonoptera Broad Beech Fern Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
Polystichum acrostichoides Christmas Fern Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
Thelypteris kunthii Southern Shield Fern Perennial Forb/herb 2-3 ft. detail
Thelypteris noveboracensis New York Fern Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
Thelypteris palustris var. pubescens Marsh Fern Perennial Forb/herb detail