General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Fern
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Plant Height: 24 inches
Plant Spread: 48 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Other: Does not produce blooms. As a true fern, it has spores.
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Epiphytic
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM

Common names
  • Bird's Nest Fern
Also sold as:
  • Asplenium nidus

Photo Gallery
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2021-05-22
After 10 yrs, this plant is over 6 feet across.
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2022-01-30
Photo by Hamwild
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2022-12-26
leaf tip
Location: Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2018-08-13
Leaf color looks a bit off due to the use of flash.
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2022-09-23
Location: Fairfax, VA | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-15

Date: 2013-05-28
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2021-04-24

Date: 2013-05-28
Photo by purpleinopp
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2016-04-09
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-05-29
Sori (spores) on the back of a mature leaf.

Date: 2013-06-28
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2021-10-25

Date: 2014-01-09
Sori on back of leaves.
Location: 2013 Philadelphia Flower Show
Date: 2013-03-07
showing foliage detail
Location: 2013 Philadelphia Flower Show
Date: 2013-03-07
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2016-03-30
Photo by ljones26
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  • Posted by critterologist (Frederick, MD - Zone 6b) on Apr 16, 2013 6:05 PM concerning plant:
    Eye-catching, in a Seuss-ian sort of way. I overheard somebody say it looked like a cross between a birdsnest fern and a christmas cactus, with the branching formation at the ends of the fronds. The 2013 Philly Flower Show is the first place I've seen one of these.

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