Lemon Button Fern

Nephrolepis cordifolia 'Duffii'

Smallest of the Boston ferns. Cute and compact, tiny golden green button-like leaflets on dark green, arching stems that reach just a foot high. Suitable as a houseplant or terrarium planting. Feature in an atrium or shade beds in frost-free areas. A lemony scent is often expressed when the leaves are crushed. Evergreen.
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Filtered sun, Full shade, Partial shade

Needs regular watering to maintain consistently moist soil.

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Botanical Pronunciationnef-roh-LEP-iss kor-dih-FOH-lee-uh
Average Size at MaturityReaches 12 in. tall and wide.
Bloom TimePrized for foliage.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleContemporary, Cottage, Tropical
Growth HabitCompact
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Water Garden, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden, Edging, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full shade, Partial shade
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Gift Plant, Shade Loving, Pet Friendly, Compact Form
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering to maintain consistently moist soil.
Companion PlantsJapanese Maple (Acer palmatum); Azalea (Azalea); Foam Flower (Tiarella); Astilbe (Astilbe); Coral Bells (Heuchera)

Provide moist, well-drained soil, rich in organic matter. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. 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: 10-11

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