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Cheilanthes hirta coll. #A1SA-189
@ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Cheilanthes hirta coll. #A1SA-189

Parsley Lip Fern

Item #: 7814

Zones: 8a to 10b

Height: 12" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: South Africa

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

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This collection of the South African sun fern, Cheilanthes hirta hails from the Eastern Cape Province town of Cathcart at 4,400' elevation, where it resides on dry rocky cliffs. The rich green, deeply cut, upright fronds form a 1' tall x 1' wide deer-resistant clump that goes tardily deciduous in our climate. Where temperatures drop much below 12F, plant in a protected location. In the wild, C. hirta grows where it can keep its tops hot and feet cool....usually by hiding the latter under large rocks.