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Anemia tomentosa


An unusual fern with fertile fronds resembling flower spikes.

The Hairy flowering fern is unusual in bearing two types of fronds, the sterile and fertile. The fertile and sterile fronds look similar, except the fertile fronds produce long, alien, antennae-like "flower" stalks from spring to fall that are home to the developing spores. Plant it in a dry pocket in Zone 8 (with protection). They are most often seen growing amongst rock and rubble, this giving them the drainage they need. They respond well to a good watering in the summer as they are coming into growth.

Common Name: Hairy Flowering Fern

Family: Anemiaceae (The Flowering Fern Family)

Zone Hardiness: 8-10

Light: Part Shade, Part Sun

Height: 8-12"

Width: 8-12"

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Class: Evergreen

Type: Perennial

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Soil Moisture: Drought Tolerant, Average, Dry

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Fragrance: No

Berries: No


Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Lightly shaded limestone outcrops.


Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - Central and South America

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