Asplenium scolopendrium 'Cristatum' (Crested Hart's-tongue Fern)
Zone: 5a to 9b,
Height: 10" tall
Culture: Light Shade
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)
So, ol' Hart liked it both ways...straight and with a petticoat...what a kinky dude. Back in the English Victorian era, European hardy fern collectors named several hundred crested varieties of Hart's-tongue, but only a few remain in cultivation today. Asplenium scolopendrium 'Cristatum' is a selection of the European form of this Asplenium scolopendrium that makes a tight rosette of 1' long, shiny, green tongue-like leaves, each ending in a crested petticoat. Remember that moist, well-drained soil and a pH toward 7.0 will help to ensure success.