Ferns are often found in the forest. Most ferns are leafy plants that grow in moist areas under forest canopy. Ferns are different from some other forest plants because ferns are delicate plants that only grow in areas where there are suitably moist conditions. They favour sheltered areas under the forest canopy, along creeks and streams and other sources of permanent moisture. They cannot grow readily in hot dry areas like flowering plants and conifers.
(above photo of ferns by Mike K., used with permission)
Many people and business will keep ferns as decorative plants around a home and/or office. Ferns are not generally used as a food source, although historically some ferns and fern tubers have been eaten. Ferns can make an interesting project for kids to grow.
Want to know more? Stop by Fountain Rock Park & Nature Center and ask one of our friendly staff or volunteers about ferns and they will be glad to answer your questions.
The Nature Center is open on weekends. Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 1pm to 4pm. The park grounds are open 7 days a week starting at 8am.