Wood Fern family, Dryopteridaceae
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Updated 29 March 2023
Bulblet fern can reproduce in a way no other fern can. It forms little ball-like bulblets along the midstem of fronds that easily fall off in summer when brushed by animals or even in heavy rains typical of summer thunderstorms. They quickly put out roots and send up fronds to form a new fern. Fairly easy to grow in the woodland garden but really prefers to live on top of and around mossy rocks in damp shade.