Nephrolepis biserrata

Giant Swordfern

Nephrolepidaceae

Plant Specifics

Form:Fern
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:NA
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:
Noted for:Interesting foliage

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Borders, groundcover on wooded edges. This is a very tall fern, so best planted toward the back of a garden.
Propagation:Division.
Availability:Friends, Native nurseries
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Clay, Loam, Organic material (muck), Sand
Soil pH:

Ecology

Wildlife:
Insects:
Native Habitats:Swamps, hammocks.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

General Comments:This fern is listed as Threatened by the FDACS.  Where is it, however, it is highly robust.