This fern is one of many found in the woods around our house. It has a fuzzy appearance, but only for a short period.
Many ferns reappear each spring in a shape referred to as a “fiddlehead.” I love the sound of that… fiddlehead. It almost sounds like a cute name you’d call a toddler. Fiddleheads are basically the fronds growing in a coil fashion. They eventually relax, and uncoil into the beautiful and graceful form you think of as a fern.
Here are some facts about ferns.
|Fronds||“FROND refers to the whole fern “leaf” that rises from the roots.” [source: Ontario Ferns]|
|Fiddleheads||are the fronds that start out growing in a tightly coiled shape.|
|Ostrich Fern Fiddleheads||are eaten as a delicacy in many parts of the world. [source: The University of Maine]|
|Spores||are the reproduction means of ferns, and look like brown spots under the leaf.|
|Rhizomes||Some plants have bulbs, some seeds, and so on. A rhizome is “a creeping stem lying, usually horizontally, at or under the surface of the soil and differing from a root in having scale leaves, bearing leaves or aerial shoots near its tips, and producing roots from its undersurface.” [source: Your Dictionary]|
|Lighting Requirements||Most outdoor ferns love shade, with dappled sunlight, while indoor ferns prefer lots of light.|
|9,000-20,000||is the number of fern species there are, depending on the source you read.|
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