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This week's mystery plant is a fern that stands a few inches tall and emerges from the ground in the late winter and early spring.

 By John Nelson

A bizarre plant in a very small package ...

Here is a fern that you won’t see unless you are way down on the ground, at least on your hands and knees, or better yet, crawling around in the grass. It is only a few inches tall, emerging from the ground in the late winter and early spring. It is one of those tiny little plants that is really delightful, but not very well known. You can find it pushing out of the ground right now, usually in open lawns, roadsides and grassy ditches.

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