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PlantFiles: Brown-Hair Comb Fern
Ctenitis submarginalis

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Family: Dryopteridaceae
Genus: Ctenitis (tee-NY-tis) (Info)
Species: submarginalis (sub-mar-jin-AL-iss) (Info)

Category:
Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Ferns

Height:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:
Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:
N/A

Foliage:
Smooth-Textured

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

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

Profile:

No positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral MotherNature4 On Nov 27, 2007, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This special fern is endangered in Florida. First collected near Lk. Okeechobee in 1926, it was thought to be a Florida Fern, but a population was found in Louisiana in 1991. Its habitat is swamps and wet hammocks.



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