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Evergemiensis Variegated Brake Fern

Pteris ensiformis 'Evergemiensis'

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Evergemiensis Variegated Brake Fern (Pteris ensiformis 'Evergemiensis') at River Street Flowerland

Evergemiensis Variegated Brake Fern foliage

Evergemiensis Variegated Brake Fern foliage

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Height:  16 inches

Spread:  16 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Ribbon Fern, Bird's Foot Fern, Cretan Brake Fern

Brand:  Proven Winners


Interesting, arching mound of creamy white fronds with dark green edges and veins that make them appear feather-like; a great garden groundcover or container plant; protect from wind

Ornamental Features

Evergemiensis Variegated Brake Fern's attractive serrated narrow compound leaves remain creamy white in color with distinctive dark green veins and tinges of chartreuse throughout the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Evergemiensis Variegated Brake Fern is an herbaceous annual with a shapely form and gracefully arching foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Evergemiensis Variegated Brake Fern is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

Evergemiensis Variegated Brake Fern will grow to be about 16 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 16 inches. Although it's not a true annual, this fast-growing plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Evergemiensis Variegated Brake Fern is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a canvas of foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Garden  Groundcover  Container  Basket 
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features