Nephrolepis exaltata

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 9A 9B 

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Wild Boston Fern


Plant Specifics

Size:to 1 to 1.5 ft, spreads broadly by rhisomes
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Habitats:Wet-dry sites. Swamps, hammocks, yards.


Recommended Uses:Groundcover especially in shady moist areas. Spreads by rhizomes.
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely 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 Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Clay, Loam, Organic material (muck), Sand