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Nephrolepis (Ferns)

Listed as one of NASA air filtering plants

Classification: Foliage house plant

House Plant Group: Herringbone plant

Character: Feathery or lacy effect

Safe for pets? Yes


  • Nephrolepis cordifolia
  • Nephrolepis exaltata (Sword fern)
    • Nephrolepis exaltata bostoniensis (Boston fern)
    • Nephrolepis exaltata fluffy ruffles (Feather fern)
    • Nephrolepis exaltata Gloriosa
    • Nephrolepis exaltata maasii
    • Nephrolepis exaltata rooseveltii
    • Nephrolepis exaltata scottii
    • Nephrolepis exaltata smithii
    • Nephrolepis exaltata whitmanii (Lace fern)

Plant Care:

Plant issues:

  • Brown dots or lines regularly arranged on underside of fronds: Spores. Nothing to worry about
  • Brown shells irregularly scattered on fronds: Scale. Wipe off with a damp cloth/cotton bud and spray with pesticide
  • Yellowing fronds, beginning at base of plant. Mature fronds develop brown spots and fall: High temperature or/and incorrect watering
  • Yellowing fronds, brown tips. No new growth: Needs more humidity
  • Pale fronds, scorch marks on surface: Too much sun
  • Pale fronds, weak growth: Need fertilizer
  • Fronds dying back: not enough moisture