@ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC
Narrow Leaf Bamboo Fern
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Item #: 4488
Zones: 7b to 9b, at least
Height: 18" tall
Culture: Part Sun to Shade
Origin: China, Japan, Korea
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?
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(syn: C. japonica var. gracilis) Recently elevated to species status, Coniogramme gracilis is a unique fern that has been a standout in our garden for the past decade. In our Zone 7b garden, narrow leaf bamboo fern has made a nice 4' wide patch in 10 years, but it may spread slightly faster in warmer climates. The glossy, narrow, ribbon-like evergreen foliage resembles anything but a fern as it makes a dense clump. Coniogramme gracilis forms a much tighter clump and possesses a narrower leaf with a more pendent form than Coniogramme japonica. Although we have found Coniogramme to be tolerant of short droughts, we recommend a rich, slightly moist woodland site for best results.