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Cheilanthes eckloniana coll. #A1SA-181

Ecklon's Lip Fern

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Item #: 7804

Zones: 7b to 10b, at least

Dormancy: Evergreen

Height: 8" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: South Africa

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

(aka: Notholaena eckloniana) One of the most exciting plants 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 deer-resistant clump. These spore-grown offerings are from plants around 4,200' in the Transkei region of the Eastern Cape. C. eckloniana is named after the 1800's Danish plant collector Christian Ecklon.