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(aka: Notholaena eckloniana) One of the most exciting plants that we saw on our 2005 expedition to South Africa was a desert fern, Cheilanthes eckloniana. Although we have only dropped to 15 degrees F since we have had it in the garden, it has remained evergreen so far. The steely blue-green fronds emerge from the hairy tan croziers to form an 8" tall x 8" wide clump. These spore-grown offerings are from plants at the coldest part of its range in the Naudes Nek Pass region of the Eastern Cape at 7703' elevation. C. eckloniana is named after the 1800's Danish plant collector Christian Ecklon.
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