Definition of hard fern in English:

hard fern


  • A European fern of heathy places, with long, narrow, leathery fronds consisting of a row of thin lobes on each side of the stem.

    Blechnum spicant, family Blechnaceae

    ‘In addition to the fir trees there are rowan, macrocarpa, eucalyptus and larch, and some native plants such as hard fern, matagouri, tussock, manuka, coprosma, and dracophyllum (the grass tree).’
    • ‘The hard fern is one of the few plants which remain green throughout the winter.’
    • ‘Navelwort, mosses and hard ferns grow on the ‘ditches’, the word use in Ireland for field walls.’
    • ‘Succulent pennywort grows in banks and up tree trunks, and wintergreen hard ferns are prolific in stonewalls.’
    • ‘At these latter sites, bilberry, greater wood-rush and hard fern are found, again provided there is no grazing.’


hard fern

/ˈhärd ˌfərn/ /ˈhɑrd ˌfərn/