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 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 air circulation, especailly in wet climates, and a gritty soil comprised of 3 parts grit (pumice, sharp gravel)to 1 part humus. If kept in containers they prefer pots that are nearly as wide as they are tall. They resent being under-potted and need to be potted up or divided regularly. 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 of good 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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