Photo by JLBG taken at Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC
Cheilanthes eckloniana 'Naude's Neck'
Ecklon's Lip Fern
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Item #: 8805
Zones: 7b to 9b, at least
Height: 12" tall
Origin: South Africa
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)
(aka: Notholaena eckloniana) One of the most exciting plants that we saw on our 2005 expedition to South Africa was a desert sun fern, Cheilanthes eckloniana. Although we have only dropped to 9 degrees F since we have had it in the garden, it has remained evergreen so far. The steely, blue-green, deer-resistant fronds emerge from the hairy tan croziers to form a 1' tall x 20" wide rock garden-sized clump. These spore-grown offerings of this 2013 Plant Delights/JLBG introduction are from plants growing along the road to Naude's Neck Pass at around 8,000' elevation. Cheilanthes eckloniana is named after the 1800s Danish plant collector Christian Ecklon.
Leaf Color: Green , Silver/Grey
Container Role: Fillers
Garden Themes: Green Roofs , Living Wall , Rock Garden Plants , Southwest Garden Plants , White Garden
Other: Deer Resistant Plants , Drought Tolerant Plants , Plant Delights Introductions , Xeriscaping Plants , Colored Foliage , Tony's Favorites