Cheilanthes argentea (Silver Cloak Fern)
Zone: 7b to 10b,at least
Height: 10" tall
Culture: Sun to Part Sun
Origin: China, Japan
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)
This dwarf fern is one of our most treasured members of the family...the fern family. I observed the dryland sun fern, Cheilanthes argentea growing in both mainland China and Taiwan, native to rock outcrops, stone walls, and other such calcareous sites. The top of the star-shaped leaf is a rich green, but underneath (ok...you can look now) is a thick, silvery white coating like that stuff we put on tin roofs to prevent leaks...AWESOME! Cheilanthes argentea is a cute little deer-resistant dryland fern that's a great choice for the rock garden, but good drainage is essential for success.