Pellaea cliffbrake

Cliffbrakes are rock-loving, small and often overwintering ferns.  Rhizomes are usually embedded in the cracks and crevices of rock outcrops.  Sterile and fertile fronds are very similar, except the rolled in pinnae in fertile fronds.

Rock cracks and crevices, especially limestone rocks.

Pellaea atropurpurea (purple-stem cliffbrake) Plant is native to PA

A unusual wiry fern growing in clumps, widely …

Pellaea cliffbrake

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