Found this fern growing in a garden outside of Seattle, WA. It stood about 2' in height. Not sure if it was a native or transplant, but it seemed to be content. Hoping someone can help put a name to it. Thanks!
polypodium glycyrrhiza GUESSING
Looks like deer fern to me too - Blechnum spicant
Thank you! I believe deer fern is correct. Pondering how it got such a horrific sounding Latin designation? :)
glad to know. it is a good looking fern
'Blechnum' comes from the ancient Greek word blechnon, meaning 'fern'; 'spicant' means 'tufted' or 'spiked'.
Notice it produces two types of fronds, the fertile, spore-bearing ones standing up in the center and the sterile ones forming the basal tuft.
Thanks, gardengal48! That makes a bit more sense. Thank you also, bboy. I did notice that on inspection and collected a few of the fertile fronds. It really is a handsome garden specimen and didn't seem to take the abuse of the Seattle rains like some of the more delicate ferns.