Ebony Spleenwort for Fairy Gardens, Terrariums, Shade Gardens


An ebony spleenwort fern in a 2 1/2″ pot.

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Ebony spleenwort ferns¬†(Asplenium platyneuron) are prolific throughout the eastern United States. They’re an evergreen fern and tolerate a wide range of soil types and shade levels.

Keep the soil moist but not wet and mist daily if kept indoors.

Young ferns are excellent in the globe fairy gardens. Once they grow too large for the container, they can be grown indoors in pots, or planted outdoors in a shady place. In some areas, spleenwort does so well that it is considered “weedy”, so keep this in mind if you plant it outside where it is free to reproduce. It is a native plant.

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Spleenwort in the Wild Ozark woods
Spleenwort in the Wild Ozark woods

First Hunt by Ima ErthwitchPredator and Prey, or the hunter and the hunted is a common theme throughout my fiction writing. No Qualms, one of my short stories (free at most retailers) is about about a predator/prey relationship. Symbiosis, my first finished novel, not published yet, deals with predator/prey relationships and the balance of energy among life on earth, sometimes symbolic and often outright. Many of my flash fiction stories (I have twitterfiction and 100-word flash stories) are also dealing with this same dynamic. This is a strong theme that runs through most of my fiction and is strongly influenced by life in the wild Ozarks where we live. My first published novel, First Hunt, also has a predator and prey theme to it. I guess it's just part of my nature.

Nature Farming

Wild Ozark is 160 acres of beautiful wild Ozark mountains. I call what I do "nature farming" because the land produces, all by itself, the shagbark hickory trees, ferns, moss, ground-fall botanicals, and the perfect habitats for growing and stewarding American ginseng. I'm co-creating with Nature - all of the things I use to make the Fairy Gardens and Forest Folk, the bark we harvest for Burnt Kettle's shagbark hickory syrup, are produced by nature without my input. This land is my muse for inspiration when it comes to my writing, drawing, and photography. It's truly a Nature Farm.

About the voice behind this blog, Madison Woods

I'm a creative old soul living way off the beaten path with my husband in the wild Ozark Mountains. Besides homesteading, growing plants & making crafty things and newsletters, I write books and stories. My rural fantasy fiction, written under the pen name, Ima Erthwitch, usually takes place in a much altered Ozarks.


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