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.
Handsome single-stemmed palm grows to 50 ft. tall and 15 ft. wide in Southern California. A hardy, hig...
From tropical Africa. Grows to 10 ft., with triangular, 3-in., medium green leaves. Blooms all summer ...
Slow grower to 10–40 ft. tall, spreading to 10–22 ft. Basal offshoots eventually form clus...