Native Chaparral Ferns for California Landscapes
The majority of ferns used in California landscapes are non-native and water-loving; low-water-use alternatives are rarely available. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG) seeks to introduce five native, low-water-use fern species to the nursery trade that are uniquely adapted to California's Mediterranean climate. This multi-year project will wild-collect and establish native chaparral ferns in the RSABG nursery; conduct year-long horticultural trials to test for viability in the landscape; and introduce successful ferns to the nursery trade, thereby expanding the range of available, climate-appropriate plants to consumers. This project is funded by the Saratoga Horticultural Research Endowment.