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Male Fern

Male fern is an attractive garden plant with large foliage. Its tolerance for sun and dryness makes it easy to care for. Its large, arching fronds that typify the fern family make it very attractive. Read about this plant.

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  • Allegheny Foamflower

    Allegheny Foamflower

    Native to eastern North America, the allegheny foamflower thrives in rich, moist woodlands. Learn how to grow and use allegheny foamflower in your yard or garden. See more »

  • American Maidenhair Fern

    American Maidenhair Fern

    American maidenhair fern is a classic fern used widely in shade gardens because of its unique appearance. Learn how to grow and use American maidenhair fern in your yard or garden. See more »

  • Bloodroot


    Native to the woodlands of eastern North America, bloodroot is named for its bright red sap, which was used as a dye by Native Americans. Learn how to grow and use bloodroot. See more »

  • European Wild Ginger

    European Wild Ginger

    European wild ginger is an adaptable, little-known shade plant that will brighten up any yard or garden. Learn how to grow, cultivate, and maintain European wild ginger successfully. See more »

  • Golden Dead Nettle

    Golden Dead Nettle

    Golden dead nettle is a colorful perennial that is well-suited to both shady and sunny locations. Learn how to grow and use golden dead nettle in your yard or garden. See more »

  • Golden Scaled Male Fern

    Golden Scaled Male Fern

    This hardy evergreen gets its name from the golden scales on its stems. The rich green fronds grow upright in a graceful, arching shape and can grow as large as four feet tall. See more »

  • Hard Fern

    Hard Fern

    The hard fern, or deer fern, is fairly easy to grow, as it tolerates dryness better than most other ferns. As an evergreen garden plant, it can withstand frosty winters. Read about this hardy evergreen. See more »

  • Jack-in-the-Pulpit


    Jack-in-the-pulpit is an intriguing wildflower native to North America named for its oddly-shaped bloom. Learn how to grow and use jack-in-the-pulpit in your yard or garden. See more »

  • Japanese Painted Fern

    Japanese Painted Fern

    Japanese painted fern is a unique multi-colored fern that brings color and life to any yard or garden. Learn how to grow, maintain, and use Japanese painted fern. See more »

  • Japanese Yew

    Japanese Yew

    Japanese yew is one of the only conifers that is shade tolerant, and it produces vibrant berries that please the eye. Learn how to grow and use Japanese yew in your garden or as a house plant. See more »

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