Nephrolepis cordifolia

Botanical Name: Nephrolepis cordifolia

Phonetic: Neff-roe-Lep-iss Kor-Dih-Foal-ee-uh

Common Name(s): Southern Sword Fern

Family: Polypodiaceae
Origin: Tropics, pan tropical, Australia, Florida
Plant Type: Fern
Persistence: Evergreen

Leaf Type: Pinnate, oblong-lanceolate
Number of Leaflets: Many, 40 t0 100 on each side
Leaf Color: Bright green fronds
Texture: Coarse
Density: Medium
Bloom Season: Not significant, fertile all year
Flower Color(s): Ferns do not have flowers but spores and runners

Exposure: Part shade, full shade, sun
USDA: 9b-11
Climate Zone(s): 14-17, 20-24
Growth Rate: Fast         
Height: 2-3 Feet
Spread: 1-4 Feet
Hydrozone: Medium
Pest/Diseases: Generally pest free, mealy bugs, scale, slugs, ants
Soil: Well-drained soils, loam soils with regular moisture

Features: Woody fern that grows in woodland areas, can become weedy, epiphytic, epilithic (grows on rock), can thrive in poor conditions, fronds are feather-shaped and slightly toothed
Uses: Ornamental, container, erosion control, ground cover, indoor plant, specimen, accent, understory locations, woodland gardens, borders

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