Pleopeltis lepidopteris 'Morro dos Conventos'
Brazilian Hairy Sword Fern
Item #: 10774
Zones: 7b to 9b, at least
Height: 18" tall
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For a fern we didn't even know existed before 2010, Pleopeltis lepidopteris has quickly become one of our favorites. This sun-loving lithophytic (rock grower) fern hails from the sandy, acidic coastal (restinga) habitats in southern Brazil (Rio Grande du Sul). This offering is a Yucca Do find from a disjunct population along the beach in Morro dos Conventos, Brazil. The 18" tall x 2" wide, rigidly upright fronds emerge covered in thick silver hair, to which I can now relate. As the fronds age, the hair thins and the green leaf surface becomes more visible. Pleopeltis lepidopteris spreads slowly from surface rhizomes. We've grown this evergreen Pleopeltis in our rock garden since 2012, where it has thrived even through winter temperatures of 7 degrees F. In extremely hot climates, part sun to light shade might be best.