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Cheilanthes lanosa

Hairy lipfern

Cheilanthes lanosa is a soft-textured fern with fuzzy green leaflets along a chestnut brown stipe. It is a great choice for rock walls and shady trough gardens, but performs beautifully in average well-drained garden soil and in containers with regular potting mix. Hairy Lip Fern can also be grown as a "nook and cranny" plant that you can tuck into rock walls and othe tight spaces. Perfect respite for woodland animals when grouped.

Benefits

Unusual fern that prefers sun and hot, dry conditions
Provided cover for small mammals and reptiles
Easy to grow, looks great tucked into rock walls
Covered with scales or hairs to slow water loss
Winter hardy but needs protection from wet conditions

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips


Hairy Lip Fern is commonly found on cliffs and in gravel, so drainage is key to its survival. It prefers soil or loose scree that is of neutral or somewhat acidic pH. It tolerates several hours of sun, but is more often found in bright shade. Though very tolerant of drought, it will grow best with excellent drainage and consistent, but sparing water.





Height
6-8 Inches

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Spread
12-15 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8

Native Range

Kansas to Connecticut, south to the Gulf Coast on rocky granitic slopes and ledges.

Native Trivia

The species name 'lanosa' means "wooly" or "softly hairy" - an accurate description of the frond surface which is an adaptation to dry conditions.


"This little fern provides cover for me and my reptile friends on hot days."

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Low Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Sun
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Attracts Wildlife
Mammals
Reptiles
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Habitat Collection
Dry Shade
Native Habitat
Forest
Foliage Color
Gray-green
Green
Uses
Border
Container
Drought tolerant
Edging
Erosion control
Ground cover
Mass plant
Naturalizes
Rock garden
Specimen
Native to
Alabama
Arkansas
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin