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Cheilanthes gracillima

Cheilanthes gracillima D.C. Eaton

Lace Lip Fern, Lace Lipfern

Pteridaceae (Maidenhair Fern Family)

Synonym(s): Cheilanthes gracillima var. aberrans

USDA Symbol: CHGR

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

This is a small-statured fern, usually less than 6 in. tall. The small, gray-green fronds cluster in a cushion-like rosette. The wiry "stems" and deeply dissected pinnae create a lacy effect.

 

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Fern
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Not a flowering plant. Reproduces by spores.

Distribution

USA: CA , ID , MT , NV , OR , UT , WA
Canada: AB , BC
Native Distribution: Mts. from s. B.C. to s. CA & inland to n.e. OR, ID & n.w. MT
Native Habitat: Rock crevices from mid- to high-altitudes

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Fairly dry, rocks.
Conditions Comments: Cheilanthes gracillima is slow-growing, good for use in rock gardens, and does not transplant well.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Cheilanthes gracillima in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cheilanthes gracillima in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Cheilanthes gracillima

Metadata

Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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