Photo by JLBG taken at Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC
Green Cliff Brake Fern
This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.Shop Available Pellaea
Item #: 5973
Zones: 7b to 9b, at least
Height: 20" tall
Origin: South Africa
(syn: Cheilanthes viridis) A fern with an identity crisis. The more moderate in the Church of the First Frond claim this as Pellaea viridis, but the fundamentalist wing has judged it to be Cheilanthes viridis...the fern war continues. Regardless of your preference, it is one of many little-known sun ferns from South Africa that have yet to be properly explored for garden use. Cheilanthes viridis is found up to 6,000' elevation throughout the few remaining woodlands in South Africa's Eastern Cape Province. So far, in our garden, it has made an easy-to-grow 20" tall clump of stiff, upright, rich green, bold-textured, deer-resistant foliage...very unique.