Ferns of the Arboretum

Connecticut Botanical Society

Hemlock Hill Fern

Learn more about the common ferns of New England.

The Hardy Fern Foundation

Hemlock Hill Fern

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Harvard Gazette

Fern on Hemlock Hill

Read fern features gathered from around Harvard.

Ferns of the Arboretum

List compiled by Don Lubin and Arboretum staff.


  • Athyrium filix-femina (lady)
  • Dennstaedtia punctilobula (hayscented)
  • Dryopteris intermedia (evergreen)
  • Dryopteris carthusiana (spinulose)
  • Equisetum arvense (horsetail*)
  • Matteuccia struthiopteris (ostrich*)
  • Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive)
  • Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon)
  • Osmunda regalis (royal)
  • Polypodium appalachianum (polypody*)
  • Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York)

All except (*) occur between Bussey Brook and Hemlock Hill.

Related Articles & Resources

  • Soltis, Pam, Soltis, Doug, and Edwards, Christine. 2005. Polypodiopsida in the Tree of Life (ToL) web project. Version 03 June 2005.
  • Pteridophytes of North America, Flora of North America
  • Angelo, R. 1985. Thoreau’s Climbing Fern Rediscovered. Arnoldia 45(3): 24-26. [pdf]