Fern Sword

Fern Sword
Optimal Light: Part shade
Light Range: Part shade to shade
Soil Moisture: Medium
Native: Yes
Drought Tolerance: Medium
Perennial: N/A
Growth Rate: Medium
Mature Height: 3 – 6 ft.
Mature Spread: 3 – 6 ft.
Soil Texture: Any
Soil pH: Slightly acidic,
Slightly alkaline
Salt Tolerance: Medium
Hardiness Zone: 9-11

Fern Sword, Nephrolepis exaltata

Apparently there is confusion with the actual botanical name! The common name is ‘Kimberly Queen’ Sword Fern. Widely used in South Florida for its more compact growth and tolerance to full sun. Technically this particular fern is not native since it has been crossed (hybridized) however it is commonly used as native and few people know the difference. Does well in pots and planters but does not weep (droop) like the well known Boston Fern. Spreads by underground rhizomes like most other ferns.

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