Native to Texas, the Maiden Hair Fern grows on limestone in the shade and usually where it can stay moist. In my childhood, it was an indicator plant. An indicator of fairies, elves and all the other secret, natural beings that came out only when no one was watching. My mom nurtured an already active imagination and helped us to make tea cups for the fairies out of acorn caps.
Now that I’m an adult…of sorts…I can only remember those happy times and look forward to passing magical moments to my grandchildren one day. Oh, it will happen. We will also be making trips to this wonderful place, the Lady Bird Wildflower Center, here in Austin.
A day of Central Texas natural history and real life native plant viewing, all that’s missing would be a stop at Dairy Queen on the way home. Large, chocolate-dip cone please!