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Deer Food

This Rattlesnake Fern (Botrychium virginianum), a variety of grape fern, is growing on a calcium-rich hillside at Distant Hill Gardens we call 'Rattlesnake Knoll'.


The erect spore-producing frond rising from the center of a rattlesnake fern is said to resemble the 'rattle' on the end of a rattlesnake's tail. The fertile frond was present yesterday, but when I went back a day later to get a shot in better light, a deer had gotten there before me.


Here is a shot, in not the best of light, showing the rattlesnake fern with a just unfurling fertile frond.

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Taken on June 9, 2012