General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Fern
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: To 4 1/2 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Groundcover
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Common names
  • Giant Sword Fern
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Nephrolepis biserrata
  • Synonym: Nephrolepis laurifolia

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Location: Temple, Texas
Date: 2019-09-01
On my front porch in Central TX until Texas Ice/Snowpocalypse of

Date: c. 1888
illustration [as N. rufescens] from 'Gartenflora', 1888
Location: Copenhagen Botanical Garden, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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