Pteris multifida 'Korean Petticoat'

Korean Petticoat Spider Brake Fern

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Item #: 7764

Zones: 7b to 10b

Dormancy: Evergreen

Height: 18" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: Korea

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

I first saw this delightful crested form of the easy-to-grow Pteris cretica in 2006 at Harriet and Wade Mahlke's Alabama garden. Wade found the fern growing in the forest near Gyeong Ju, South Korea during a 1997 visit, and was able to gather spores. His find closely resembles the widely cultivated Pteris 'Wilsonii', but has been winter hardy here since 2007, so we have assigned it the cultivar name Pteris 'Korean Petticoat' and it became a 2013 Plant Delights/JLBG introduction. For us, Pteris multifida 'Korean Petticoat' has formed an 18" tall x 30" wide clump of narrow, serrate light fronds, each ending in a frilly petticoat. This fern is so cool, that I'd grow it as a house plant if it wasn't winter hardy.