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Cheilanthes covillei

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Cheilanthes covillei
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Chelianthes covillei

Species Name: Cheilanthes covillei
Common Name: Coville's Lip Fern

An unusual fern for dry shade with stiff leaves and a lightly fuzzy textures. Plant among rocks protected from afternoon sun. A good understory plant for oaks and other evergreen trees.

Plant Family: Pteridaceae
Plant Type: Fern
Height by Width: 1' H x 1' W
Growth Habit: Mounding
Deciduous/Evergreen: Stress-deciduous
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season:
Flower Color:
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: North Coast Ranges, Sierra Nevada, San Francisco Bay Area, South Coast Ranges, Transverse Ranges, Peninsular Ranges, East of Sierra Nevada, Desert Mountains
Natural Habitat: Limestone cliffs and crevices; 2,000 - 5,500 feet elevation

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