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Roundleaf Fern, Button Fern
Pellaea rotundifolia

Family: Adiantaceae
Genus: Pellaea (pe-LEE-uh) (Info)
Species: rotundifolia (ro-tun-dih-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Ferns

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Evergreen

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:

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

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From spores

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:

Arcata, California

El Cerrito, California

Oceanside, California

Sacramento, California

Santa Rosa, California

Big Pine Key, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Fort George G Meade, Maryland

Astoria, Oregon

Conway, South Carolina

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
0
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Jun 8, 2008, tashmoore from Fort George G Meade, MD wrote:

This makes a great houseplant. It has been living in my curio for some months now.

Positive

On Apr 7, 2007, Cretaceous from El Sobrante, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Nice, smallish fern which does well here in zone 9b. Easy to find in nurseries. Native to New Zealand.