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 the 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 they can be broader than those of the species.
Native to New Guinea. Grows to 10–25 ft. tall and 12–15 ft. wide, with several clustered t...
Native to Madagascar. Twines to 15–30 ft. Waxy, glossy green, oval leaves to 4 in. long. Valued ...
Native to tropical parts of Africa, America, and the Pacific Islands, the species grows to 7 ft. high ...