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PlantFiles: Stiff-haired Maiden Fern
Thelypteris hispidula 'Versicolor'

Family: Thelypteridaceae
Genus: Thelypteris (the-LIP-ter-is) (Info)
Species: hispidula (hiss-PID-yoo-luh) (Info)
Cultivar: Versicolor

Alpines and Rock Gardens
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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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
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:
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

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

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1 positive
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive suncatcheracres On Jul 22, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

This native fern grows naturally on my property in Northcentral Florida, Zone 8b, wherever there are limestone rocks. I have several "fern sink holes" on this property, where the underlying limestone is at or near the soil surface, and these ferns will only grow there. They are quite attractive, gently arching, midsized to large ferns, that my books say spread slowly, but with our wet weather this year they have doubled their area this spring and summer. Will frost to the ground in winter and become unattractive, but readily green up with mild weather. Books warn will "turn a gastly shade of pale, greenish yellow if exposed to too much sunlight." Needs moist soils with high levels of calcium, such as limestone rubble along the base of buildings or along rocky canal banks. Resilient, easily grown and very refined looking. Best information is in "A Gardener's Guide to Florida's Native Plants," by Rufino Osorio, University Press of Florida, Gainesville.


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

Inverness, Florida
Old Town, Florida (2 reports)

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