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Pteris cretica var. albolineata AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Fern

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H1c (heated greenhouse - warm temperate)

Colour

Foliage

White and Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

white-striped Cretan brake

Family

Pteridaceae


Pteris can be evergreen, semi-evergreen or deciduous ferns, with short or long rhizomes and fronds that may be pinnate to 4-pinnate

P. cretica var. albolineata is an evergreen fern with erect or arching fronds to 45cm in length, pinnately divided into 3-5 pairs of linear pinnae, each with a broad central creamy-white stripe

Synonym(s)

  • Pteris albolineata

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow outdoors in any chalk-free, moist but well-drained soil with plenty of added leaf-mould or in a container under glass with added limestone chips in high humidity

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by sowing spores as soon as ripe or division of rhizomes in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Dead or damaged fronds may be removed as necessary

Pests

Generally pest free outdoors but under glass may be susceptible to scale insects and eelworms

Diseases

Sooty mould may be a problem