Windham's Wavy Cloak Fern
Item #: 5972
Zones: 7a to 9b, at least
Height: 12" tall
Culture: Sun to Part Sun
Origin: United States
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)
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(syn: Notholaena windhamii) Astrolepis windhamii is a recently described apogamous (sexually self-actualized) species of desert fern thought to have speciated from a horticultural ménage à trois between Astrolepis cochisensis, Astrolepis sinuata, and a third party yet-to-be-named. Astrolepis windhamii occurs in both alkaline and acidic soils, up to 5,500' elevation from West Texas west through Arizona. Astrolepis windhamii resembles Astrolepis sinuata except that the pinnae (fern leaves) are more rounded and the leaf lobes shallower. A well-drained spot in the rock garden is perfect for this tight clumper, whose rigidly upright, brown-backed, olive-green fronds reach 1' tall.