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Pellaea mucronata (D.C. Eaton) D.C. Eaton
Bird-foot cliffbrake, Birdfoot cliffbrake, Birdsfoot fern
Pteridaceae (Maidenhair Fern Family)
USDA Symbol: PEMU
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Mature clumps bear fronds to 12 in. The stipes are tough and wiry and the fronds are very finely divided, each segment ending in a sharp point. Fronds are pale- to bluish-green but age to purplish or coffee brown.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Not a flowering plant. Reproduces by spores.
, OR Native Distribution:
Cismontane CA Native Habitat:
Dry, stony places below 6000 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement:
Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Dry Soil Description:
Dry, rocky soils. Conditions Comments:
Difficult to establish and needs summer water the first year. After that they increase in size and vigor and are drought tolerant. Birsfoot fern
is even tougher and more drought tolerant than coffee fern.
PropagationDescription: Increase by spores.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANPSOT - Austin Chapter
- Austin, TX
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff