Austral Gem™ Bird's Nest Fern

Asplenium hybrid 'Austral Gem'

A new, unique fern with thick and glossy dark green foliage held on strong, feathery fronds. Durable, handsome, and highly adaptable to low humidity, this sterile variety does not develop messy spores, making it an ideal houseplant in any climate. Perfect for planting in shady outdoor areas in warmer zones. Evergreen.
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Full shade

Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.


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Botanical Pronunciationas-PLEE-nee-um dy-MOR-fum dif-FOR-mee
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; forms foliage clumps 20 in. tall, 24 in. wide.
Bloom TimePrized for foliage.
Design IdeasPlant in a wooded garden or shady bed. Great indoors or out in a container planting or grow solo and add the glossy, green fronds to cut flower arrangements.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Tropical
Growth HabitFountain
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Specimen, Woodland Garden, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull shade
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Easy Care, Gift Plant, Shade Loving, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Year-round Interest, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Companion PlantsStromanthe (Stromanthe); Elephant Ear (Colocasia); Bush Lily (Clivia); Black Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon); Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra)

Provide organically rich, evenly moist, well-drained soil. Thrives in warm, bright shade. Feed frequently during growing season with a general purpose fertilizer. Cut back old fronds after new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11

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