Ctenitis sloanei

Ctenitis sloanei

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Ctenitis sloanei is a native Florida tree fern. It is listed as endangered, yet grows well when planted in a semi-shady location in the ground or in limestone rocks. Fronds can reach 4 feet long and 2 feet wide, borne on a trunk it tends to grow more horizontally than straight up. The new fronds are bent over like a hair pin, rather than in the traditional fiddlehead shape AND the growing point of the fern is covered by a thick layer of soft reddish-brown hairs. Freshly planted ferns should receive regular watering until established and extra watering during the dry season.