Cheilanthes lanosa is a small fern that is extremely drought tolerant and unusually for a fern prefers gritty, dry soil. Its hairy, olive-grey fronds have silvery scales underneath, and are held on purple-black stems. This evergreen plant forms a low tufted clump, and will put up with a great deal of mistreatment and is even deer resistant.
Ideal for smaller gardens, the amusingly named Hairy Lip Fern is a useful plant for a shady dry spot, such as a rock garden, or in a container. Group with other ferns.
Pot Size: 2L
Common Name: Hairy Lip Fern
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Height and Spread: 20cm x 40cm
Preferred Soil Type: Any well-drained soil, even poor soil
Position: Part shade / Full shade
Care: Remove old fronds in spring