Bad boy fern?

Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, ALJune 27, 2014

This fern seems to be spreading in an unappealing way. ID, and/or thoughts about its' intentions appreciated! TIA!

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Front of leaf.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 12:18PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Back of leaf.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 12:19PM
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duluthinbloomz4

Ostrich fern? It's the only fern(s) I have and like the proverbial saying goes if you only have a hammer everything looks like a nail. Ostrich is a prolific spreader and will crop up in unexpected places. I rather like them, but will dig them up to thin.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 12:21PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

This looks like it wants to spread through the whole bed.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 12:33PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

TY, that last pic took literally like 10 minutes to upload, while you were posting. If you have a fern that spreads, that's all I need to know. This may not be the same thing, but it's got to go.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 12:42PM
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duluthinbloomz4

Dig deep - all the little "fernlings" see to be connected to the big one and just digging the crowns won't do it.

Luckily, I have a spot where they've been allowed to do their thing - by the time they start their die back, they're 4 feet tall. Quite lovely in a prehistoric sort of way.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 2:39PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

TYVM! I'm definitely evicting this plant.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 3:01PM
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dryadella

Lovely. Itôs a Phegopteris hexagonoptera.

Rgds

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 4:37PM
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duluthinbloomz4

Always glad to get a name from someone who knows. Looked it up and found, too, that it grows from a "creeping rootstock" and that it can/might/will gradually fill in a garden spot. (Wiki)

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 5:18PM
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fizgig777(7)

Would love to have such a beautiful fern in my garden! It's too bad you don't want it in yours....

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 5:39PM
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lycopus(z5 NY)

That isn't Phegopteris hexagonoptera

    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 8:10AM
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unbiddenn(5)

I have an invasive fern, its great in pots. None of my friends ever has to buy their spikes.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 10:17AM
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weedlady(Central OH 6)

Definitely NOT ostrich fern, as that fern does not produce sporangia on the underside of the leaves but sends up a separate fertile stalk.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 10:54AM
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