Microlepia 'MacFaddeniae' was named from the garden of California's Fay MacFadden, who got it from California's Mr. Baldwin Nursery in the 1920s. The name was first published in 1957 by Conrad Morton in the American Fern Society Journal, so it's taken quite a while to get this into the commercial trade. We planted this unique fern in 2006, and it quickly became one of our favorite hardy garden ferns. The tardily deciduous (evergreen in warmer climates) Japanese Microlepia strigosa 'MacFaddeniae' forms a slowly spreading patch to 3' wide in 5 years, composed of 2' long, narrow, arching, deeply-lobed fronds. Microlepia 'MacFaddeniae' has proven amazingly easy to grow and quite vigorous...we think you'll really like this!
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