Chaparral Fern Project
Saratoga horticultural research endowment
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.
Chaparral Fern Collecting
July 24, 2019
The RSABG Horticulture and Nursery Staff have successfully collected the following species of chaparral ferns: Dryopteris arguta, Pentagramma triangularis, Pellaea andromedifolia, Pellaea mucronata, Myriopteris covillei, and Selaginella bigelovii (a fern ally). The ferns will be spend the summer in the RSABG nursery, and we will be planting them to test their viability as cultivated specimens beginning this fall.
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