A picture of a Silver Lace Fern

Silver Lace Fern

Pteris ensiformis

Also known as

Slender Brake Fern, Slender Brake, Sword Brake Fern

Starr 080117-1749 Pteris ensiformis by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate watering
Tender

8a-11b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

30cm

Max

35cm

10cm

Min

10cm

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A close up of a Pteris ensiformis plant with green and white foliage
A photo of Silver Lace Fern
A photo of Silver Lace Fern

Silver Lace Fern Overview

Pteris ensiformis is an attractive perennial fern species in the Pteridaceae family. It originates from eastern Asia. Commonly known by the name Silver Lace Fern, this species produces showy foliage coloured green and white. This species is hardy to around -15 degrees Celsius. It grows best in consistently moist soil, in full to partial sunlight and can provide brightness to shady spots. Typically growing to a maximum height of around 1m, it can spread up to 5m in width.

Common problems with Silver Lace Fern

How to propagate Silver Lace Fern

Division

Spores

Spores in summer.

Special features of Silver Lace Fern

Attractive leaves

Attractive green foliage with a showy, silver centre.