Featured in the Richland County Enviro-garden, Shrubby Cinquefoil, Potentillia fruiticosa, is a plant found in fens like Cedar Bog, and one of the few natives the plant nurseries have picked up on. It thrives in the most hostile environment- like homes with 3 or more teenagers- or wet or dry conditions. This is one of the most adaptable plants I know. No wonder it is found in every McDonald's landscape in America, but don't hold that against this beautiful, showy shrub.
Brian Gara, renown "fern"ster and fellow Ohio heritage botany buff stands thigh deep amid a regal display of Royal Fern, Osmunda regalis at Eagle Creek. Brian said he once planted a fern display garden for his parents home, but years and lack of water have taken their toll, and the last survivor is the Royal Fern. This striking species has recently been seen for sale in a very upscale nurseries. Little will folks realise they are buying a native plant with all the best qualities a homeowner could ask for: beauty and tolerance. Sun or shade, flood or drought, the Royal Fern delivers unconditionally.