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Pellaea falcata

Family: Adiantaceae
Genus: Pellaea (pe-LEE-uh) (Info)
Species: falcata (fal-KAY-tuh) (Info)


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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:
Partial to Full Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

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

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

Patent Information:
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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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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral BayAreaTropics On Jun 12, 2007, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

It is touchy on the watering-too much (not called CLIFF brake for nothing) and it rots. Yet,dont allow to go too dry either. Must be easy to propagate since it is not one of the easiest or best looking ferns.

Positive Cretaceous On Jun 12, 2007, Cretaceous from El Sobrante, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Commonly available in nurseries locally. This fern is native to India and grows well here in zone 9b.

Positive hanna1 On Jul 7, 2004, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Brownish underside, excellent potted specimen, do not allow soil to become soggy.
My sticker shows is Cliff Brake Fern(Pellaea Falcata)
Hardy, has grown 3 times its size in 1 season


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

Calistoga, California
Castro Valley, California
El Cerrito, California
Hayward, California
Knights Landing, California
Kalama, Washington

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