Tough and easy to grow, these are the most widely used of all ferns. For native Western sword ferns, see Polystichum.Nephrolepis exaltata
Native to tropical parts of Africa, America, and Pacific Islands, the species grows to 7 ft. high and wide and has fronds to 6 in. wide. Most common forms are named selections grown as houseplants. The best known is ‘Bostoniensis’, Boston fern. Growing about 3 ft. high, it is the classic parlor fern, with a spreading, graceful, arching habit. As fronds age they droop, and can be broader than those of the species.
From Madagascar. Twines to 15 to 30 ft. Waxy, glossy green, oval leaves to 4 in. long. Valued for inte...
Native to Australia and the South Pacific. Small feather palms with slender, ringed trunks and well-de...
Slow grower 10 to 40 ft. tall, spreading 10 to 22 ft. Basal offshoots eventually form clustered trunks...