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

Category:

Perennials

Ferns

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Variegated

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

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

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

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 !