Bird's Foot Fern, Cretan Brake, Table Fern
Pteris cretica 'Albolineata'

Family: Pteridaceae
Genus: Pteris (TARE-iss) (Info)
Species: cretica (KRET-ee-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Albolineata
Additional cultivar information:(aka Albo-lineata)

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Ferns

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Variegated

Silver/Gray

Blue-Green

Chartreuse/Yellow

Other details:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

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

Regional

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

Bartow, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Manchester, New Hampshire

Humble, Texas

Spring, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

3
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Sep 21, 2009, riddler from Saint Petersburg, FL wrote:

I just bought this little fern from Home Depot three weeks ago. It was not tagged correctly so I e-mailed the grower for information. He said the plant is Pteris 'Albo-lineata', or White-stripe Brake Fern. He also gave me a good deal of useful information about the plant, which I'm including below:

"It is a tropical fern. In Florida, it may be grown outdoors in the shade, as long as it is not exposed to frost. In most screened pool and porch areas, it should do OK, as long as it does not face due south where it will receive too much direct full sun.

This plant needs very little fertilizer. Also, this plant does not like dry soil. If indoors ... check it every week. Outside, once rooted into the new pot, it may require 2 watering / week.

... read more

Neutral

On Mar 16, 2007, Cretaceous from El Sobrante, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Pteris cretica "Albo-lineata" and "Mayi" both have variagated fronds and look similar, except that "Mayi" has crested tips whereas "Albo-lineata" does not.

Positive

On Oct 8, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Dark green and cream variegated with plain sharp fronds. Very fast growing. Upright habit, very striking. Height 18-24"

Positive

On May 19, 2002, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Beautiful tropical fern, suitable for indoor conditions as long as high humidity is maintained. Low moisture results in drooping fronds which soon die if not provided enough moisture.

Can be easily divided in spring. Warm temperatures needed for new frond production.