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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
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
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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.
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 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 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, CA
Record Last Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff