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Adiantopsis chlorophylla 'Tucuman'
@ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Adiantopsis chlorophylla Tucuman

Argentine False Maidenhair

Item #: 5384

Zones: 7b to 10b

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: Argentina

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

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(aka: Adiantopsis chlorophylla A1AG-261) I first encountered the cool fern, Adiantopsis chlorophylla, (related to cheilanthes) north of Tucuman, Argentina. In form, it looked like a Cheilanthes lanosa on steroids. The 2' tall, very lacy fronds have nearly black stipes and form a gorgeous, 2' tall x 2' wide clump. In the wild, we saw it growing on a moist ditch bank...the opposite conditions from most cheilanthes. So far, it has been surprisingly hardy in our trials, enduring 8 degrees F with no problems. I understand that the Evil Empire of Taxonomy is working to disassemble this species into many little pieces...stay tuned.

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