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Cystopteris bulbifera
@ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Cystopteris bulbifera

Bulblet Bladder Fern

Item #: 6504

Zones: 3a to 8b

Height: 12" tall

Culture: Light Shade to Shade

Origin: United States

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

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From Canada south to Alabama, you will find this cute little fern growing among alkaline rocks and in dense woods. If I were a taxonomist, I'd tell you that it has monomorphic leaves, uniformly brown scales, and unicellular gland-tipped hairs covering the rachis. I forgot to mention that the proximal pinnae are pinnate-pinnatifid to pinnatifid, and the equilateral, basiscopic pinnules are not enlarged and of course, the indusia have a truncate apex. In the world of horticulture, this gem makes a 12" tall x 24" wide clump with cutleaf light green foliage that forms small bulblets in late summer that drop to the ground and grow new plants...great for sharing with neighbors.

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