Winter woods staring lush licorice fern (and moss)

Licorice fern

I love licorice ferns. They wither in our dry Summers, but a bit of rain comes and they emerge fresh and stay lush all winter. The snow and a serious cold spell we had in November, made no difference to them.

Licorice fern, Polypodium glycyrrhiza, grow in shady forests on the trunks of bigleaf maples, and on dead logs. If licorice ferns are the stars of the moist PNW Winter woods, moss plays a colorful supporting role. Glowing acid greens seem illuminated from within, a vivid contrast against brown-gray bark and dead wood colors of winter.

Winter forest

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