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Pellaea

Polypodiaceae
Ferns

Though these small- to medium-size ferns are not striking in overall appearance, they have charmingly detailed foliage, with leaves divided into little narrow to roundish leaflets. Once established, they tolerate drier conditions than most other ferns do. All need well-drained soil.

Pellaea andromedifolia

Native to dry, stony places in California, southern Oregon,and Baja California. Growsslowly to 2 ft. high and wide.Thin, wiry stalks hold finely cut gray-green to bluish greenfronds. Common name refersto the small leaflets, shapedsomewhat like coffee beans.Grow in bright filtered light. Usein native landscapes or rockgardens. Water regularly for thefirst year; needs little waterthereafter.

Pellaea rotundifolia
Pellaea rotundifolia

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Pellaea rotundifolia

From Australia, New Zealand. Grows 1 to 2 ft. high, 2 ft. wide. Spreading stalks hold small, evenly spaced, rounded leaflets that are dark green and leathery. Use for contrast with finer-textured ferns or in mixed container plantings where fronds will spill attractively over the sides. Regular water. Pretty houseplant in bright indirect light; tolerates dry indoor air.

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