Purple-Stemmed Cliffbrake Fern, also known as Pellaea atropurpurea in the scientific world is an evergreen fern.
It will grow best in hardy zones five through nine. It is native to Mexico. This fern is a small one, typically being under one foot in height. In width, this fern can be expected to be about one to two feet. Unlike most other ferns, this fern would appreciate an area that is either partially sunny to full sunlight. It is used to soil that is dry and well drained but is adaptable to different soil conditions as well. The growth rate of this plant is considered to be slow. It will be effortless to take care as well. It also does not need much water so you will not have to worry about watering this plant often after it has been established.
One great thing about this fern is that it is resistant to drought.
It is most commonly found growing in rocky areas that have some limestone. It will grow in places that there is little soil as well. It will grow into an asymmetric clump. This fern produces different sterile and fertile leaves. The fronds will sprout from a short or ascending rhizome that has tan scales on it. The stem of the fern is a dark purple color but can also be black. When planting this fern, it should be kept away from human traffic as it does not tolerate it well. There is also not a lot of need to worry about the disease with this particular fern since they are typically resistant to them.
Climate Zone: 5 – 9
Mature Height: under 1 foot
Mature Width: 1 to 2 feet
Sunlight: Partial sunlight and full sunlight
Soil Conditions: Dry and well-drained soil conditions
Botanical Name: Pellaea Atropurpurea
Purple-Stemmed Cliffbrake Fern Ships As – Bareroot Plant