Belongs to: ferns

Hartstongue fern Asplenium scolopendrium

Best time to see: all year

Key facts

A strap-like fern of damp and shady areas, such as open woods or hedge banks

Consists of tufts of strap-like leaves up to 60cm long and 4–6cm wide, surviving over winter

Spores ripen August–March

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