Fishbone Fern

Nephrolepis cordifolia

Bright green 1 to 2 foot fronds adorn this vigorous growing fern. Excellent for borders or for baskets, this versatile plant will grow in sun or shade and in a wide range of soil conditions. Produces small, scaly, underground tubers.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.

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Botanical Pronunciationnef-roh-LEP-iss kor-dih-FOH-lee-uh
Average Size at Maturity12 in. tall by 24 in. wide.
Bloom TimeDoes not flower
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage, Tropical
Growth HabitClumping
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseContainer, Cutting Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDwarf Plant, Easy Care, Gift Plant, Shade Loving, Pet Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.

Follow a regular watering schedule. Has high water needs. Can tolerate drought conditions; however, thrives best in moist soil.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-10

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