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Cystopteris protrusa (Lowland Brittle Fern)

POTTED PLANT

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SKU:
CYPRO-QU
MAXIMUM HEIGHT:
1.5 feet
SUNLIGHT PREFERENCE:
Medium shade to full shade
MOISTURE:
Average, moist
FORMAL LANDSCAPING:
3-Star
DEER RESISTANT:
Yes

This is a fairly common fern in Missouri often encountered in the rich soils of bottomland forests and wooded slopes. Lowland brittle fern appears in early spring and often goes dormant during hot, dry summer conditions. Dormancy can be avoided or delayed in home landscapes where some pampering is an option. Plant this small fern in shaded flowerbeds with rich, organic soil where it can spread to create an early-season ground cover. 

Also known as southern fragile fern, it was once considered to be a variety of Cystopteris fragilis. This is the only Cystopteris species in Missouri that is primarily terrestrial. Other species are typically found on rock ledges.

Uses: Deer and rabbit resistant, groundcover, proclaim the end of winter

Spore-producing: April - July

Height: 6 to 15 inches

Space: 12 to 18 inches

Sun: Medium to full shade

Moisture: Average to moist

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