• Cheilanthes argentea | Silver Cloak Fern

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    Evergreen. Native of Siberia to SE Asia. Like other dryland ferns it’s dwarf in size. Fronds are star-shaped, rich matte green on top, and a striking silvery-white underneath. Fronds curl when stressed by drought, but unfurl when moisture returns.


  • Cheilanthes lanosa | Hairy Lip Fern

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    Evergreen. This native of south and central North America makes lose clumps of soft-textured, fuzzy, olive-green fronds with chestnut coloured stems. Extremely drought tolerant, it may shrivel up during dry periods only to reemerge when moisture returns. In addition to a sharply draining rock garden soil mix, a top dressing of grit or gravel will keep roots cool in sunny locations.


  • Dryopteris intermedia | Intermediate Wood Fern

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    Semi-evergreen to evergreen. Also known as Fancy Wood Fern, this common northeastern North American fern has delicate-looking, thrice-cut fronds. Often found growing naturally on very rocky soils and simply beautiful emerging from a bed of moss. it is the most drought-tolerant of our native wood ferns.


  • Dryopteris pseudofilix-mas | Mexican Male Fern

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    Semi-evergreen. Native to mountainous areas from Mexico into Central America. Forms a stout erect crown that produces a vase-shaped plant. Unlike other most Dryopteris, Mexican Male Fern produces fresh new growth throughout the growing season. Drought tolerant once established.


  • Dryopteris x remota | Remote Wood Fern

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    Semi-evergreen. European & Asian origin. A naturally occurring, fertile hybrid between D. affinis and D. expansa. Lacey bright green fronds on golden-scaled stems, Remote Wood Fern makes a bushy, very adaptable garden plant. Like many other wood ferns, quite tolerant of dry shade once established.


  • Pellaea atropurpurea | Purple Cliff Brake

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    Evergreen. Native to eastern North America. Blue-grey leaflets on purple stems – a real treat. Clumping habit.


  • Polystichium setiferum divisilobum | Soft Shield Fern

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    Semi-evergreen to evergreen. European, garden origin. Divisilobum forms of P. setiferum produce low, spreading cushions of  finely-textured feathery fronds that make a great contrast to darker and broader-leaved evergreen plants. Crosiers and emerging fronds covered in a soft, silvery down.


  • Polystichum acrostichoides | Christmas Fern

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    Evergreen. Native to northeastern North America, Christmas fern produces spring crosiers covered in silvery scales, which become a distinctive fountain-like clump of once-cut, leathery, lance-shaped fronds. Deep green coloured fronds provide interesting winter colour and form.


  • Woodsia pseudopolystichoides

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    Deciduous. This cute little fern is one of the first to emerge in early spring with tiny, silver crosiers spreading to pale-green, fuzzy arching fronds. It’s small size means it needs a special place in the garden. Mulching with gravel keeps roots cool and soil from splashing onto fronds.