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Regional Picks: Best New Finds – Northwest

Fine Gardening – Issue 174

1. Tracy’s Maidenhair Fern

Name: Adiantum × tracyi

Usda Hardiness Zones:7 to 9

Size:12 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide

Conditions:Partial shade; rich, well-drained soil with occasional watering during dry weather

Lingering in obscurity since it was first discovered in Northern California in the late 1800s, this beautiful fern is now finding a home in gardens thanks to laboratory micropropagation techniques. Tracy’s maidenhair fern is a naturally occurring hybrid between California maidenhair (Adiantum jordanii, Zones 6–10) and Western maidenhair (Adiantum aleuticum, Zones 3–9). Combining traits from both parents, this fern has a compact clumping habit with brilliant green, nearly evergreen fronds with dark brownish-black stems. The fronds have a unique trapezoid-shaped outline that is different from any other hardy maidenhair.

 

2. ‘Bloody Mary’ Rodgersia

Name: Rodgersia ‘Bloody Mary’

Zones:4 to 8

Size:24 inches tall and up to 36 inches wide

Conditions: Partial shade but protect from hot afternoon sun; tolerates a wide range of soils

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