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Ferns for dry, shady areas

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Male Fern.
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Roméo Meloche)  

No ferns can tolerate lengthy dry spells and stay healthy looking.

On the other hand, some of them can adapt to competition from neighbouring plants and grow at the base of a hedge, for instance, like male fern (Dryopteris filix-mas). Our common polypody, or rock polypody, (Polypodium virginianum) can grow on rocky ledges similar to its well-drained natural habitat, and is also somewhat drought tolerant.

Based on an article by Michel-André Otis in Quatre-Temps magazine, Vol. 18, No.2.

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