Cheilanthes hirta var. hirta 'Ellington'
Ellington South African Hairy Lip Fern
Item #: 6920
Zones: 8b to 9b, at least
Height: 8" tall
Culture: Part Sun
Origin: South Africa
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?
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Cheilanthes hirta 'Ellington' is our 2005 spore collection from 4,000' elevation in South Africa's Eastern Cape province, where it grew among the large boulders near the base of 1,000 year old Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi cycads. Cheilanthes hirta 'Ellington' forms a tight Cheilanthes lanosa-like evergreen clump to 8" tall. The olive green foliage is slightly wider than Cheilanthes lanosa, and Cheilanthes 'Ellington' has the most finely divided of all of our collections. In our garden, Cheilanthes hirta 'Ellington' has thrived during the summer in our part sun rock garden, but our winters are just slightly too cold. Cheilanthes hirta should be fine from Zone 8b south, or in a container in more northern climates. Since this seems to be the first plants of this in the US, please share with gardens and collectors who will preserve the genetics.