I braved the elements today and snapped a few shots of Fiddlehead Fern fertile fronds. (That’s a tongue-twister!)
They look prehistoric, and I guess they are. Various sources list Fiddleheads as flourishing on earth 300 million years ago.
The fertile fronds look a little messy, but they’re interesting. So I leave them standing through the winter and usually clip them in the spring. They hold spores, which can be propagated for new plants. But I have enough ferns and don’t want them to spread, so I compost them in the woods.
Here are two excellent, very detailed articles about Fiddlehead Ferns: