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PlantFiles: Wright's Cliffbrake
Pellaea wrightiana

Family: Adiantaceae
Genus: Pellaea (pe-LEE-uh) (Info)
Species: wrightiana (rite-ee-AY-na) (Info)

Synonym:Pellaea ternifolia var. wrightiana


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Xenomorf On Aug 12, 2009, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

On this evergreen, bluish-green rock fern, the pinnae are wavy-edged with the margins rolled under and gets about 15" tall. In Arizona and maybe other states in which it is native to, it grows on rock ledges and dry banks in a range of 1000-6500 ft. elevation. Specifically, it can be found on Mount Graham, in Arizona.

Positive Cretaceous On Mar 25, 2007, Cretaceous from El Sobrante, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This fern is native to the USA (Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah), and Mexico (Baja California, Chihuahua, and Sonora).

Considered an endangered species in North Carolina.

It has thrived here in zone 9b, given good drainage and part sun. (Very hard to find in nurseries).


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

El Cerrito, California

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