the gates of hell

the gates of hell
The Gates of Hell

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Dre's Dagger

I planted this fern (Athyrium filix femina 'Dre's Dagger') in the devil garden last year. I wasn't sure it had survived, but it's come back nicely. From a distance, it's neither remarkable nor obvious why it was a candidate for the devil garden.

But up close, the reason for its name--its strange growth habit--becomes clear. Note that half the crested pinnae criss-cross backwards over the others.

And the tassels at each frond's end top it off nicely!

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