Silver Cloak Fern

Cheilanthes argentea

An excellent dryland fern that thrives in conditions most ferns will not. Perfect for areas where water is limited. Forms a prostrate, spreading clump of unique, deeply dissected, star-shaped fronds with green topsides and notably white undersides. Excellent for use in low water rock gardens, along a retaining wall, or tucked into a container. Deciduous.
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5 - 9

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Filtered sun, Full sun, Partial sun

Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.

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Botanical Pronunciationky-LAN-theez ar-JEN-tee-uh
Average Size at MaturityForms clump 6 to 10 in. tall, slowly spreading up to 12 in. wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleMediterranean, Rustic, Xeric
Growth HabitCompact, Spreading
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Green Wall, Rock Garden, Edging, Dry Shade, Ground Cover, Small Spaces, Naturalized Areas
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Easy Care, Gift Plant, Tolerates Alkaline Soil, Waterwise, Compact Form
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.

Thrives in slightly alkaline, gritty, rocky soils with excellent drainage; avoid heavy irrigation and soggy soils Water regularly during the first growing season to establish root system; once established, tolerates drier soils and occasional mild drought. Remove old, faded fronds after new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5 - 9

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