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Pellaea atropurpurea (Purple cliffbrake)
Cressler, Alan

Pellaea atropurpurea

Pellaea atropurpurea (L.) Link

Purple Cliffbrake

Pteridaceae (Maidenhair Fern Family)


USDA Symbol: peat2

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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Fern
Leaf Retention: Evergreen

Bloom Information

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


USA: AL , AR , AZ , CO , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NE , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , UT , VA , VT , WI , WV , WY
Canada: ON

Growing Conditions

Soil Moisture: Dry
Drought Tolerance: High

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2017-07-10
Research By: TWC Staff

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