Star-scaled or Wavy Cloak Fern (Astrolepis sinuata)

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Star-scaled or Wavy Cloak Fern (Astrolepis sinuata)

10.00

This desert denizen has elegant narrow spires of chubby lobed, white-downed green pinnae with a felted-tan underside. The newly emerging fronds have glistening white lanceolate (lance-shaped) scales on the stipe, rachis and blade reverse which mature to a tawny leonine gold. The blade surface has a sprinkling of star-shaped scales only clearly visible with magnification. The sage-green young growth deepens to a smoky blue-green at peak performance. The linear narrow upright fronds carry 20-45 pairs of symmetrically lobed pinnae consisting of 6-11 broadly rounded peaks separated by shallow gentle-sided valleys. Although a bit challenging to grow this fern loves full to part sun with good drainage and air circulation, especially in wet climates. We recommend a gritty soil comprised of 3 parts grit (pumice, sharp gravel, or other drainage rock) to 1 part humus. In cool climates it prefers to receive most of its water in the warm summer months and prefers to stay lightly moist to dry in the winter; avoid overhead watering in the evening as they prefer not to spend the night wet. If kept in containers they prefer pots that are nearly as wide as they are tall. They resent being under-potted and like to be potted up or divided regularly during the growing season. In the garden they seem to do best in association with rock outcroppings where they can delve into the cool soil near and under the rocks while keeping their crowns in a position with good drainage with a decent amount of light and air circulation.

Frond Condition: Evergreen to semi-evergreen

Mature Height: 1-2'

Origin: Southwestern United States to South America

Requirements: Some Shade, Partly Shaded, Slightly Moist, DRYISH

USDA Zones: 8 (with frost/moisture protection), 9, 10

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