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Hemionitis lanosa

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Previously known as:

  • Cheilanthes lanosa
  • Myriopteris lanosa
Phonetic Spelling
hem-ee-oh-NYE-tiss LAN-oh-suh
Description

Hairy Lipfern is a native, deciduous, drought-tolerant fern that grows in dry woodland areas and rock outcrops and can be found in the Piedmont and mountains of NC.  It has dark green fronds that dry up and curl when it gets too dry but comes back to life when moisture is added.  It does better in sunny areas than most ferns but may need additional water.   Propagate it by dividing the rootball; it will spread slowly by rhizomes.

Plant this fern in very well-draining soils in full sun to part shade. It will even grow in cracks on walls. Use in the rock garden, containers, crevices or borders.

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#drought tolerant#fern#NC native#deer resistant#rock garden#native fern#food source herbage#bird friendly#mammals#Audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hemionitis
    Species:
    lanosa
    Family:
    Pteridaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Central and southeastern U.S.A.
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    This plant is seldom damaged by deer and rabbits.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 3 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Fern
    Native Plant
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Multi-stemmed
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    No fruits. This plants reproduces via spores.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    No flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Fronds
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Twice pinnate green fronds with hairs are 6-10 inches long
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Redish brown stems with hairs
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Rock Wall
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Native Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Attracts:
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought