Native Ferns & Fern Allies

“The earth has music for those who listen.” George Santayana

This Rattlesnake Fern (Botrychium virginianum), a variety of Grape Fern, is growing on a calcium-rich hillside at Distant Hill we call 'Rattlesnake Knoll'.
A Rattlesnake Fern (Botrychium virginianum), a variety of Grape Fern native to Distant Hill.


Below is a list of the Ferns and Fern Allies native to Distant Hill.  If a fern's name is in Green, touch or click on it to see a photo of the fern.

We hope to be adding more species of fern as we find and identify them.


NOTE(C) after a plants name designates a fern native to Distant Hill that can be found under cultivation in the ornamental gardens.

The Ferns Native to Distant Hill

Scientific Name

Common Name

Adiantum pedatum
Athyrium filix-femina
Dennstaedtia punctilobula 
Deparia acrostichoides 

Diphasiastrum digitatum

Dryopteris carthusiana

Dryopteris cristata  
Dryopteris intermedia 
Dryopteris marginalis

Equisetum arvense 
Equisetum pratense
Phegopteris connectilis 
Phegopteris hexagonoptera 
Polypodium virginianum
Polystichum acrostichoides 
Pteridium aquilinum v. latiusculum
Thelypteris novoboracensis 
Thelypteris palustris 
Maidenhair Fern (C)
Lady Fern (C)
Haysented Fern (C)
Silvery Glade Fern (Silvery Spleenwort)
Spinulose Wood Fern
Crested Wood Fern
Intermediate Wood Fern 
Marginal Wood Fern
Field Horsetail
Meadow Horsetail
Sensitive Fern
Cinnamon Fern (C)
Interrupted Fern (C)
Royal Fern (C)
Long Beech Fern
Broad Beech Fern
Rock Polypody (C)
Christmas Fern (C)
Eastern Bracken Fern
New York Fern
Marsh Fern