Pellaea andromedifolia (Kaulf.) Fée
Coffee cliffbrake, Coffee fern, Coffeeberry fern
Pteridaceae (Maidenhair Fern Family)
Synonym(s): Pellaea andromedifolia var. pubescens, Pellaea andromedifolia var. rubens
USDA Symbol: pean2
Mature clumps bear fronds to 18 in. The stipes are tough and wiry and the fronds much divided into small, rounded segments which curl under along the edges. Fronds are pale to bluish green but age to purplish or coffee brown.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Fern
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Not a flowering plant. Reproduces by spores.
DistributionUSA: CA , OR
Native Distribution: Cismontane CA
Native Habitat: Dry, stony places below 4000 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.
PropagationDescription: Increase by spores.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
BibliographyBibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Pellaea andromedifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Pellaea andromedifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff