Button Fern

Pellaea rotundifolia

An eye-catching New Zealand native that will grow well indoors with little care. A great houseplant for a table accent or in a hanging basket to show off it's cascading, leathery, button-shaped leaflets. Unlike most ferns, this plant will tolerate fairly dry conditions. Evergreen.
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Filtered sun, Full shade, Partial shade

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical Pronunciationpe-LEE-uh ro-tun-dih-FOH-lee-uh
Average Size at MaturityFoliage clumps reach 18 in. tall and wide.
Bloom TimePrized for foliage.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleContemporary, Rustic
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Woodland Garden, Dry Shade, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full shade, Partial shade
Special FeatureEasy Care, Gift Plant, Shade Loving, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Pet Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsFoam Flower (Tiarella); Montbretia (Crocosmia); Sweet Box (Sarcococca); Flax Lily (Dianella); Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra);

Provide lean, well-drained soil; avoid soggy soils. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Tolerates dry shade conditions, when established. Cut back old fronds when new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-9

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