Perry's Perennial Pages, Perennial Arcade Quiz

Ferns for Fun

This is a group generally underutilized in gardens. Mainly for moist shady sites, there are ferns for most situations (ecological habitats). How familar are you with this group and their scientific names? Match the description in the first column, with the correct letter and name in the second. Answers are at the bottom.
1. horseshoe-shaped fronds, wiry stems, about 1-2 ft high a. Matteuccia
2. commonly called Lady Fern b. Osmunda cinnamomea
3. the very popular Japanese Painted Fern c. Polystichum acrostichoides
4. hardy, arching fronds, 4-10 inches high d. Dryopteris erythrosa
5. good for rockeries and shade e. Asplenium trichomanes
6. leathery fronds, for warm climates f. Adiantum
7. coppery fronds in spring g. Athyrium filix-femina
8. also popular, and tall, the Ostrich Fern h. Athyrium nipponicum 'Pictum'
9. large, upright, 2-3 ft fronds, cinnamon colored emerging in spring i. Dryopteris affinis 'Crispa Congesta'
10. evergreen, 1-3 ft tall, often in woods j. Cyrtomium


1. f. Maidenhair Fern
2. g.
3. h.
4. e. Ebony Spleenwort
5. i. Congested Fern
6. j. Holly Fern
7. d. Japanese Shield Fern
8. a. Ostrich Fern
9. b. Cinnamon Fern
10. c. Christmas Fern

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