Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Evergreen Wood Fern (Intermediate Wood Dern, Fancy Wood Fern) (Dryopteris intermedia): Images

Date Location Notes Images
June 30, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire I found this fern in May 2011 in fiddlehead form, but I wasn't able to identify it. A research botanist told me at the time that it was Evergreen Wood Fern. The is my first real identification of the plant (at a new location). Here are a few things to remember about Evergreen Wood Fern:
  • Lower pinnules (leafules) are larger than the upper pinnules on the same pinna (leaflet).
  • Veins do not reach the margin.
  • Circular sori (collection of spores), not on the margins.
  • Medium-sized brown/copper scales on the stipe (leaf stem).
  • Bipinnate, pinnatifid (slightly lobed) leaves.
  • Gland-tipped hairs on the costa (leaflet stem).
  • On the lowest pinna (leaflet), the inner and bottom pinnule (leafule) is much smaller than the adjacent pinnule (See picture on the right of the first row, above.)
  • Leaves stay green through Winter, but die out in the Spring.