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PlantFiles: Silver Lace Fern, Slender Brake Fern
Pteris ensiformis 'Evergemiensis'

Family: Pteridaceae
Genus: Pteris (TARE-iss) (Info)
Species: ensiformis (en-see-FORM-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Evergemiensis

12 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light 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:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BayAreaTropics On Oct 29, 2012, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

A great fern...grows very well for a variegated fern. Takes full shade..prefers it. Just watch for slugs and snails..bait regularly. I had started mine in a moss basket,there it grew very fast. It took some adapting time to a ceramic pot as it got larger. Common at the Home Improvement stores..try one.

Neutral Cretaceous On Mar 29, 2007, Cretaceous from El Sobrante, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Don't make the same mistake I did by planting this fern (with my other Pteris) in alkaline soil !


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

Brea, California
Hayward, California
Apopka, Florida
Big Pine Key, Florida
Clearwater, Florida
Deland, Florida
Fernandina Beach, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Mc Coy, Florida
Fruitland Park, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Miami, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Port Richey, Florida
Sanford, Florida
Ladys Island, South Carolina
Okatie, South Carolina
Houston, Texas
Huffman, Texas
Richmond, Texas

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