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Sword Fern

Fabulous lightweight fronds gently catch the breeze. Provides a lovely understory for a shrub border or use as ground cover in open woodland. Also can be used as a houseplant. Sturdy and vigorous. Prefers humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil.

Companion Plants

English Ivy



Plant Details

  • Common name

    Sword Fern

  • Botanical name

    Nephrolepis obliterata

  • Variety


  • Zone

    USDA Zone 9 (20°F) to USDA Zone 11 (40°F).

  • Light

    Part sun

  • Height

    18-30" (46-76 cm)

  • Habit


  • Feed


  • Water

    Weekly during dry spells

  • Bloom Time

    No Bloom

  • Maintenance

    Mulch to reduce weeds

This plant also belongs to the following collections:

  • Gina C.'s collection