Hart's-tongue Fern

Phyllitis scolopendrium

  1. Wildlife
  2. Ferns and horsetails
  3. Hart's-tongue Fern


Hart's-tongue Fern is a medium-sized fern that can be found growing in damp, shady gorges and banks in woodlands, as well as on rocks, walls and mossy branches. They are hardy plants and are ideal for gardens; plant them in shade under trees or on walls or gravelly areas for attractive cover all year-round.

How to identify

Hart's-tongue Fern is a very simple fern, the frond being just a single glossy, green blade, with spores underneath.

Where to find it



When to find it

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How can people help

Our gardens are a vital resource for local wildlife, providing corridors of green space between open countryside, allowing species to move about. In fact, the UK's gardens provide more space for nature than all the National Nature Reserves put together. So why not try planting native plants and trees to encourage birds, mammals and invertebrates into your backyard? To find out more about wildlife-friendly gardening, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started.

Species information

Common name
Hart's-tongue Fern
Latin name
Phyllitis scolopendrium
Ferns and horsetails
Height: up to 60cm
Conservation status