I am stumped by this one, though I do know that plants can look more of less vivid in their coloration depending on light conditions (e.g., gold-leaf plants are yellower in a little more sun and greeny-yellow in a little more shade) and other factors (including soil chemistry in some cases, e.g. moptop hydrangeas). But the stems going from black to not? Hmmm…. I think we need a consult with a fern expert…it’s on my to-do list. Sorry not to know right off the bat, but that’s why I love these forums: We can all learn together. Anybody got any brilliant thoughts on this one?
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.