This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
This remarkably beautiful Maiden Hair Fern is thus described by B. G. Williams, of Upper Holloway, London, by whom it was introduced:
"This handsome and distinct species will make an excellent companion to A. Farleyense, owing to the large size of its pinnae and the length of its fronds. It was discovered by M. Roezel at an altitude varying from 10,000 to 11,000 feet, in Peru; a fact of great importance, as it may be cultivated in a greenhouse temperature. Mr.
Moore says of this beautiful Fern: 'The rhizome is creeping, and the fronds are of an indefinitely elongated form. A very noticeable feature in the plant is the flexuose or zigzag character of the rachides, most marked near the apex of the fronds and the rachides of the primary pinnae. The pinnules are herbaceous in texture, smooth, large, from one inch to one and threequarters in breadth, distant and very distinctly stalked, the stalks varying from one-quarter to three-quarters of an inch, the terminal ones are usually wedge-shaped, while the lateral ones are usually truncate at the base, so as to become semi-circular in outline; they are deeply cut down into from three to five large lobes, which are again more or less parted; an oblong sorus terminating each of the divisions in the fertile portions.'"