Plant Type
Sunlight Amount


Wavy Cloak Fern

Wavy cloak fern is unlike many ferns that most gardeners know. Wavy cloak fern grows well in dry environments—moist, humid climates are not a good fit for this perennial. It grows well in sun; most ferns prefer shade or dappled light for best growth. Like other ferns, wavy cloak fern is grown for its long-lasting foliage, which is a welcome sight in the arid environments where it thrives.

genus name
  • Astrolepis sinuata
  • Part Sun
  • Sun
plant type
  • Under 6 inches
  • 6 to 12 inches
  • 1 to 3 feet
  • Up to 2 feet
foliage color
problem solvers
special features
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9

Wavy Cloak Fern Colors

Wavy cloak fern pairs well with desert Southwest natives. Combine it with low-water perennials for a garden that is alive with color year-round. Excellent for adding color to a foundation or patio garden, these xeric plants provide food and habitat for wildlife. Plant wavy cloak fern with autumn sage Salvia greggii, wine cups Calllirhoe involucrate, bunny ears cactus Opuntia microdasys, Texas red yucca Hesperaloe parviflora, pineleaf penstemon Penstemon pinifolius, tetraneuris Tetraneuris acaulis, red hyssop Agastache prupestris, and desert sunflower Geraea canescens. 

How to Grow Wavy Cloak Fern

Wavy cloak fern grows best in full sun and well-drained soil. Native to the desert Southwest, it is most often found growing underneath evergreen desert shrubs in rocky soil or in rock crevices. It shows the most growth when it is growing in locations where its leaves receive sun and its roots are sheltered in the shade of a rock outcropping or underneath a dense shrub.

Difficult to find in nurseries, wavy cloak fern often must be sourced from a mail-order nursery specializing in Southwest native plants. Carefully select a planting site for wavy cloak fern and plant it in spring if possible. Water the plant well after planting and again about a month later. Protect the root zone from heat by covering it with a layer of rocky mulch


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