California Upright Sword Fern

Nephrolepis cordifolia 'California'

Similar to Australian Sword Fern, semi-erect fronds with lacy green leaflets sway in the wind, giving a lush, tropical effect. Useful in dappled shade beds and patio containers. Spreads gradually to form a broad clump. Bright green foliage is attractive in floral arrangements.
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Filtered sun, Full shade, Partial shade

Best with regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical Pronunciationnef-roh-LEP-iss kor-dih-FOH-lee-uh cal-eh-FOR-nee-ah
Average Size at MaturityFast, clumping growth; reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall, 5 ft. wide.
Bloom TimePrized for foliage.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Rustic, Tropical
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full shade, Partial shade
Special FeatureEasy Care, Gift Plant, Shade Loving, Year-round Interest, Pet Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsBest with regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsJapanese Maple (Acer palmatum); Azalea (Azalea); Foam Flower (Tiarella); Astilbe (Astilbe); Coral Bells (Heuchera)

Thrives in enriched, evenly moist soil, but highly adaptable. Follow a regular watering schedule the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Tolerates periodic drought, once established. Feed monthly during growing season. Cut back old fronds when new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 10-11

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 10

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