This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
Our woods in this neighborhood are but poorly furnished with ferns - three species being all I have been able to find, so far. One of them, the Maiden-hair Fern - Adiantum pedatum - is very pretty in Cases; the other two are rather too coarse for that purpose.
There are many native ferns in this country that would look well if they could be procured; but we have to wait until they have been sent to Europe, and returned with big names attached, before they are appreciated.
At the risk of being considered pedantic, I will append the names of a dozen ferns that may be grown in a Case with ordinary care, and not requiring much artificial heat:
Asplenium adiantum-nigrum; Asplenium Nidus avis; Adiantum cuneatum; Adiantum fulvum; Doodia aspera; Nephobolus lingua; Onychium japonicum; Pteris albo-lineata; Davaliia dissecta; Oleander nodosa; Polypodium repens; Scolopen-drium vulgare.
These are very ugly names for such pretty plants, but they will not appear so hard when we become better acquainted with them.
There is one more point that should not be forgotten: Keep them in the light, but not in the sun. A north or west window will be found the best for them - a situation where few other plants would thrive.