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Cystopteris fragilis (L.) Bernh.
Brittle bladder fern, Brittle bladderfern, Fragile fern
Synonyms: Filix fragilis
USDA Symbol: CYFR2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
The appearance of fragile fern is variable, depending greatly on habitat. It is usually a low clump (10-12 in. tall and 2 ft. across) of narrowly-pointed, twice pinnate fronds.
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
AK , AZ , CA , CO , CT , HI , IA , ID , IL , KS , MA , ME , MI , MN , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NM , NV , NY , OH , OR , PA , SD , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WY Canada: NB
, PE Native Distribution:
Nf. to AK, s. locally to PA, VA mts., n. IN, AR, TX & CA Native Habitat:
woods; sandstone ridges; bluffs USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N),
HI (I?), CAN(N),
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2)
Soil Description: Moist, neutral soil among limey rocks.
Conditions Comments: One of the earliest spring ferns, fronds wither during droughts and quickly reappear after the next rainy spell.
PropagationDescription: Propagate by division.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Oregon Native Plant Nursery
- Woodburn, OR
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff