Silver Brake
Pteris argyraea

Family: Pteridaceae
Genus: Pteris (TARE-iss) (Info)
Species: argyraea (ar-jy-ree-uh) (Info)

Category:

Ferns

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

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:

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Variegated

Silver/Gray

Veined

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)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

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:

Bellflower, California

Fountain Valley, California

Hayward, California

Tarzana, California

Gardeners' Notes:

2
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0
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RatingContent
Positive

On Aug 12, 2007, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

This fern grows much larger than 18".Yard long fronds are possible growing in a graceful arc. Needs much water and feeding to grow into a large fern. When it does get large the big silvery fronds stand out -almost glow in the shade.

Another snail and slug and possibly squirrel, magnet..

Positive

On Dec 16, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Very nice but extremely common fern in cultivation- has wonderful variegation down middle of each leaf. It is a natvie Indian fern. Works as an indoor fern.