Pteris ferns prefer woodland garden edges where they don't sit in deep shade. It is a deer-resistant fern. Pteris will adapt to a variety of soils and will occasionally propagate themselves around the garden.
More Information About Pteris
Pteris is a genus of ferns usually sold as houseplants because they are native primarily in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Our mission has been to search for and introduce higher elevation, hardy forms of pteris ferns for sale, which will survive in regions with cold winter climates. We're quite excited at our success so far.
Pteris (Brake Fern) Growing Conditions
Most pteris species have a bold texture that echos the texture of broad leaved shade plants such as Solomon's seal or hosta. Pteris will adapt to a variety of soils and if happy, will also occasionally propagate themselves around the garden, cropping up in unusual spaces such as in the cracks of a rock wall or on rocks. Brake ferns prefer woodland garden edges where they don't sit in deep shade. In addition to its other qualities, it is also a deer-resistant fern.
On the scientific side, pteris ferns have been found to be able to absorb arsenic out of polluted soils. The genus has been studied as a phytoremediation tool on sites where the soil contains arsenic from pesticides or pressure treated lumber.