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FernsHerbaceous Perennial

Cheilanthes fendleri

An evergreen fern with mid-green fronds which have undersides covered in white to rusty brown scales. Unfurling fronds often look curled or distorted and appear silvery-grey due to a covering of fine hairs

Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Neutral, Acid
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Grey Silver Brown
Summer Green Grey Silver Brown
Autumn Green Grey Silver Brown
Winter Green Grey Silver Brown
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or East–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Pteridaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Clump forming, Tufted
Genus

Cheilanthes are typically evergreen ferns, producing dense clumps of small fronds on shiny, often black, stalks

Name status

Correct

Plant range
C & S USA, N Mex.

How to grow

Cultivation

A dryland species which prefers good drainage, especially over winter, and a sunny or lightly shaded position. See how to grow ferns for further advice

Propagation

Propagate by division or spores

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Wall side borders
  • Underplanting of roses and shrubs
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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