Asplenium er ættkvísl um 700 burknategunda í Aspleniaceae ættinni og er af flestum grasafræðingum talin eina ættkvísl ættarinnar. Þetta er breytileg ættkvísl með nokkrum undirflokkum, sem stundum eru flokkaðar sem sér ættkvíslir.
Ringflower is a compact, monocarpic plant bearing purple, bell-shaped flowers in mid-summer. The plant dies after flowering, but has maintained itself by self-seeding for years. Always when I think it lost, I find a new plant. It is safest though to collect seed from it. It doesn't flower regularly every other year, so it seems the plants take longer than a year to grow into flowering size. It grows best in sun in well drained soil, but can tolerate partial shade.
This plant appeared in a pot in my yard, I don't know whether I got it in a plant exchange or whether it self-seeded there. I planted it out to see what would become of it and when it flowered it was clear that it was Hofmann's ringed bellflower. It is monocarpic, which means it dies after flowering, so it remains to be seen whether it self-seeded. I did not have the good sense to collect seed from it. It is a very pretty plant bearing white flowers in July - August and grows best in well drained soil in sun or partial shade.
Star gentian is a very pretty perennial with star-shaped, steel-lilac flowers in July - August. It is very neat in habit, the leaves form a basal rosette and the flower stalks usually do not need staking, so it doesn't take up much space. Care must be taken that it isn't crowded out by more vigorous plants. It's native habitat is moist mountain meadow, so it prefers moist soil, yet well drained. A hardy and easy to grow plant.