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  • Eventual height: 0.3m
  • Eventual spread: 0.4m

Pellaea rotundifolia

button fern

RHS award of garden merit
9cm pot £8.99
  • Position: partial shade to full shade
  • Soil: moist, but well-drained humus-rich soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (will need winter protection)

    The rounded (button-like) pinnae, which give this low-growing, evergreen fern its common name, form along the length of the splaying, pink-flushed stems, creating a lacey effect. It makes a handsome ground-cover in a partially shaded position, and it can also be used to add textural interest to pots or windowboxes.

  • Garden care: Incorporate lots of well-rotted leaf mould or garden compost into the planting hole. Provide winter protection. Cut back decayed fronds in winter to allow new growth to emerge.