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Pellaea atropurpurea

Purple Cliffbrake Fern

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Item #: 725

Zones: 5a to 8b

Dormancy: Evergreen

Height: 10" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

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

"That's a fern?", visitors ask in disbelief. Not only is it a fern, but it grows in full sun and is native to all but 8 states of the continental United States! This quirky little fern prefers rocky alkaline soils, where it is tolerant of everything except being too wet and too's socially inept. The black-green upright leaves form a delightful small 10" tall clump (rarely taller)...perfect for the rock garden. This is not a fern for beginners who think you can just stick everything in the midst of a bed of petunias.