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Paesia scaberula
@ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Paesia scaberula

Scented Lace Fern

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Item #: 9762

Zones: 7b to 10b

Height: 12" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: New Zealand

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

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We have long been fans of scented lace fern, but only now do we finally have enough to share. Paesia scaberula is a New Zealand native hardy fern, which grows on dry, rocky cliffs and in open areas. Although Paesia scaberula lives for us in light shade, it really thrives in sun, where it forms a deciduous, rhizomatous patch to 3' wide in 2 years, that spreads by thin brittle rhizomes. The 1' tall fronds are incredibly lacy...one of the most finely divided ferns we've grown. The foliage of Paesia scaberula also contains terpenes, which smell delicious when crushed or pelted by rain showers. Imagine a fast-growing fern with leaves that look like a Rabbit's foot fern, and you've got the idea.