Western Mountains and Pacific Northwest Plants for Your Rain Garden

Adiantum pedatum

, also known as Northern Maidenhair is found throughout much of the midwest as well as the Western Mountains. Pedantum means shoe, so named for the horseshoe shaped blades of this Northwest plant. Actually the delicate, newly erupting fronds flow from the center like the sweeping hair of a maiden. This fern will need as much shade as it can get for a healthy life.

Lady Fern whose scientific names is Athyrium filix-femina, has been visited once in the Northeast. This exquisite member of the Northwest plants is known to colonize the cracks and crevices of rocks, so you might consider a small rock garden in your rain garden in order to add a more natural setting for this fern.

Woodwardia fimbriata is another Chain Fern native to North America. This is also a very large fern, growing to six feet tall, though in wild, wet glades it has been seen at heights of 9 feet. Its presence can make an area look prehistoric, like something out of Jurasic Park. Chain Fern can tolerate some sun, but it is sensative to frost. Native American's used the fronds of this large northwest plant to weave baskets.

Carex obnupta or Slough Sedge blooms in early spring through much of the summer. Slough Sedge is a beautiful wetland grassland that grows in large clumps from 2 all the way up to 6 feet.