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Cheilanthes viridis McLear

South African Green Rock Fern

Item #: 6728

Zones: 7b to 10b

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Sun to Light Shade

Origin: South Africa

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

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(aka: Pellaea viridis A1SA-170) This accession of Cheilanthes viridis comes from South Africa's Eastern Cape near the town of McLear at 4200' elevation. Most of the forms of Cheilanthes viridis that we saw in 2005 only reached 1' tall, but this form topped out at 2' tall. We are uncertain if this was due to growing conditions or genetics. The thick, dark green pinnae adorn the black stipe on this semi-evergreen, clumping fern. Although Cheilanthes viridis is typically grown as a containerized house plant, we've grown this selection outdoors for over a decade including through some single digit F winters.

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