Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Resurrection Fern

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That feathery beauty is Resurrection Fern. I have lots of it on my place. It grows atop long live oak limbs and has a unique survival tactic. During droughts, this fern will curl into brown, dried up, seemingly dead shadows of it's former self. It will stay this way until the rains come. After a good soaking, the leaves regain their healthy green appearance and get back to the business of living.

Sometimes, what seems like an end...is not.

9 comments:

pablo said...

Uh-oh! That last sentence is pregnant with possible meaning. Is this blog going away for a while?

Wayne said...

No no, Pablo, this couldn't be so.

I love resurrection ferns! We don't have a lot of them, but we do have some. They seem to prefer growing on the Eastern Redcedars - our very common native junipers. I itch to snatch them off the branches and propagate them, but have so far resisted.

Down to Jekyll Island we find tons of them growing on live oaks. Truly a fascinating fern.

-awhwryvw- my 1964 VW was bald.

Rurality said...

I love the little resurrection ferns. (Hubby calls them a somewhat ruder name.)

The MacBean Gene said...

These look like the ferns that grow wild around here. I'm sure it's a differnt species because ours grow in the ground and are fairly hardy. We always called them Boston Ferns.

doubleknot said...

Nice fern. I have felt that way myself the past few weeks but low and behold the 'rain' has come for me and some good things are happening.

OldHorsetailSnake said...

Gee, I hadn't thought of that. Good advice.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

What an interesting acting fern. It plays dead. You weren't satisfied with training the dog..were you?...You had to go one step further and train the fern.

vicki said...

A lovely fern and a lovely post. Thanks, FC.

Floridacracker said...

Pablo,
I'm a little to addicted to stop. There was a hidden message and it was received. Mission accomplished.

Wayne,
I had no idea it grew up in the mountains.

Rurality,
I don't have a clue as to that other name.

Mac,
Boston ferns look like these guys.

Doubleknot,
I am so glad things are going well. Nice analogy.

Hoss,
Like you need any advice oh wise sage of Oregon.

Abandoned,
I have managed to train them to sit,but that is all...the dogs, not the ferns.

Vicki,
Glad you got it.Take care.