- Common Name(s):
- Clayton's fern, Interrupted fern
Compact, wiry, horizontal rhizome; easy to grow; prefers moist, average to humus rich soil in sun or shade but will grow in dry, stony soil; one of first ferns to begin growth in spring; spreads slowly; dies in center of clump with growth continuing on edges. This plant is seldom damaged by deer.
- 1-4 ft.
- Spreading vase of arching fronds; pinnate-pinnatified; broadest in middle; pinna are narrow, lance shaped, broadest at base and gradually taper to a blunt tip; no dense tuft of hairs at base of pinnae; rachis is smooth and semi-grooved in front; sporangia borne on several pairs of pinnae in middle of frond- bright green and short-lived
NCCES plant id: 212