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I.D. of ferns please

wahaj17wahaj17 Posts: 6
Good afternoon,

I bought these 2 ferns today. They were in the outdoor section but they look really delicate so I’m assuming they are indoor plants? There’s no I.D. on them so any help would be appreciated. Thanks


  • DampGardenManDampGardenMan Posts: 1,054
    Not recognising either of them (though the 2nd seemed very vaguely familiar), and just for giggles, I tried Google image search on the first one. Google told me it was a buddleia :smile: A little bit more work needed there then! Though I suppose it did recognise it as a plant.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,980
    If they were in the outdoor section of a reputable garden centre then I think you can safely assume they're outdoor plants.  

    They're both familiar but there are so many varieties of ferns and I don't know enough to ID them ... the second could possibly be a crested form of one of the Dryopteris types .... I have some of them, but not that one. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • BijdezeeBijdezee Posts: 1,484
    They weren't named or had a card or anything? 2nd one looks like the birdsfoot fern but i dont know the latin name. 
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,661
    I don't think either will be hardy outdoors in UK.

    Ferns are hard to id from pics ..but I think the first is Pteris cretica.

    2nd looks like Pteris cretica Wimsetti.

    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • pbffpbff Posts: 433
    I agree with @Silver surfer.
    Pteris can be placed outdoors in the summer, but will need to be indoors for the rest of the year. 
    They are native to tropical areas of the world.
    Lovely plants though.
    At our local GC last year, they had tropical banana plants outdoors in the frost, mixed in with the hardy herbs, while they had apple trees in the greenhouses, which were struggling and infested with aphids.
    Unfortunately, many GC's are more 'retailers of plants' rather than proper growers.
    That's why I like small specialist nurseries the best and admire any GC that has knowledgable proprietors/staff.
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