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Pellaea rotundifolia (Button Fern)

This little fern won its spurs as a house plant because of its ability to enjoy a dry atmosphere but as happens from time to time people started planting them outside in cold climates (they probably didn’t know you couldn’t) and – surprisingly – they loved it.

Like all ferns, it likes a good loamy soil with a high organic content but is more tolerant of a dry atmosphere than most.

It still works as a house plant – in common with the well known Nephrolepsis fern.

The common name is Button Fern. No one knows why and we avoid the name on the nursery because Sophie has a strong antipathy to the word button. Why? No one knows that either.

Propagated from spores.

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Hardiness level Amber

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Hardy in the Home Counties if sensibly sited (avoiding severe frost pockets, for example). Many Amber Labelled Plants are from cuttings from well-established plants that have survived many harsh winters in the South-East.

This is only meant as a guide. Please remember we're always on hand to give advice about plants and their frost hardiness.

Please remember that these coloured labels are only a rough guide.

General Point about Plant Hardiness: The commonly held belief that it's better to 'plant small' is perfectly true with herbaceous plants, but not necessarily true with woody plants. They need some 'wood' on them to survive severe cold - so plants of marginal hardiness in very cold areas should really be planted LARGER, rather than smaller, wherever possible.