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Pteris ensiformis

Sword brake

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Features

  • Height0.1m to 0.3m
  • Spread0.1m to 0.35m
  • Growth HabitBranched clump
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Pteris ensiformis (Sword brake). This is a dainty small evergreen fern it will grow about 30cm high. It will produce small fronds they are pinnate or bipinnate, with narrow segments rounded at their tip.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Fern

Other common names

Brake

Origin

E Asia & Australia

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Peaty
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They will need a lot of water during their early growth period and should be kept out of direct sunlight. They are often grown indoors and are best propagated from spores or by division.

Propagation

You can propagate by division in the spring or by spores in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Aphids

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