The Q&A Archives: Ever Heard Of A Verona Lace Fern?

Question: Hi! My husband said his favorite plant years and years ago was a Verona Lace Fern. I've called many many nursuries and I've never gotten ahold of ANYONE who's heard of it. I would love to surprise him with one someday, but I'm beginning to think they don't exist. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer: Microlepia strigosa is the lace fern. It's one of the least well known of a number of ferns which make lovely houseplants, and are surprisingly hardy when planted outdoors. This fern is noted for its dark green erect fronds which are hairy and generally quite erect. A vigorous grower, it tends to form expanding clumps which may have to be periodically divided to control its growth. The fronds can grow to 3 feet tall, and up to a foot wide. This fern seems not to care how hot the days become in late August, and continues to send up new fronds until frost.

The closest source to you is Golden Hills Nursery, P.O. Box 247 Macdoel, CA. 96058.

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