This Asian native has naturalized in concrete walls and other such alkaline places along the East Coast, and therefore has been overlooked as a garden specimen. In our trials, this has proven to be a great upright garden specimen. Its narrow, fuzzy, light-green fronds and vertical stature allow it to be used among other plants without eating them alive. While it prefers moist soils, our dry acidic sand has suited it just fine.
''Christella dentata'' is a small fern with widespread distribution in Australia and islands in the south Pacific Ocean. There are many local common names. In New South Wales it grows north from the southern Illawarra region and is known as Binung.
It was the first species of fern to become naturalised on the Hawaiian Islands, recorded intiially in Oahu in 1887 and now found on all major islands there. There it interbreeds with the local species ''C. cyatheoides'', with the resultant.. more