Nephrolepis exaltata

wild Boston fern


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Plant Specifics

Form: fern
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: to 2 ft
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Groundcover especially in shady moist areas. Spreads by rhizomes.
Propagation: Division
Availability: Native nurseries, Friends
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay, loam, organic material (muck)
Soil pH Range: Acidic


Native Habitats: Wet-dry sites. Swamps, hammocks, yards.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

Very similar in appearance to several non-natives which are invasive pests, esp. N. cordifolia. If there are spherical tubers amongst the roots, it's N. cordifolia, the invasive tuberous swordfern.