Q:

What are the characteristics of ferns?

A:

Quick Answer

Some characteristics of ferns are: they are vascular plants, they have roots and leaves (called fronds) and in some cases they have true stems. Ferns and fern allies are Pteridophytes.

Continue Reading
What are the characteristics of ferns?
Credit: Christian R.H. Flickr CC-BY-2.0

Full Answer

Pteridophytes is a phylum under the scientific classification system. There are more than 13,000 species. Like other Pteridophytes, ferns do not have flowers or seeds; they reproduce by spores.

Ferns can be deciduous or evergreen. Each spring, both types send out a batch of fiddleheads, which expand into fronds that live between 6 to 12 months. Most ferns can thrive in either partial or full shade.

Ferns will adapt best to gardens if they are planted during fall.

Learn more about Outdoor Plants & Flowers

Related Questions

Explore