Identifying Ferns the Easy Way

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"Identifying Ferns the Easy Way offers a wonderful way for people to become acquainted with our common regional ferns. A simple, yet effective key and great illustrations make this a very user friendly field guide."

Tom Wessels, ecologist and author of Reading the Forested Landscape, etc.

"Gardeners, hikers, and naturalists all need this elegantly simple guide to the common fern species of the Northeast. The lineage of these plants is ancient, their charms immutable. These pages bring their identities into the light, a gift indeed." 

Roger B. Swain. Host, PBS-TV's  “The Victory Garden”

Identifying Ferns the Easy Way:
A Pocket Guide to Common Ferns of the Northeast 

An Easy-to-Use Guide for fern lovers. 

It is exquisitely drawn by Briony Morrow-Cribbs.

The Guide includes 28 common ferns of the Northeast

The terminology used in this book is very user-friendly.

How to Use the Guide:

Step 1 Choose which of the 5 groups the fern is in

Step 2 Go to the Silhouettes for that group

Step 3 Go to the matching illustration 


  • Where it Grows,

  • Tips for Identification

  • What fern it can be confused with

  • Interesting Notes

Briony Morrow-Cribbs launched her career with two New York Times Bestsellers: Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities (2009) and Wicked Bugs: The Louse that Conquered Napoleon’s Army & Other Diabolical Insects (2011).

Chrisrmas Fern illustration
Fiddlehead fern Ostrich fern