Southern Sword Fern (Nephrolepis cordifolia)

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Plant Habit: Fern
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Full Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Plant Height: 24 inches - 36 inches
Plant Spread: 24 inches - 36 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Stolons and runners
Other: Tuber
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger


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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 13, 2011 10:14 AM

The Southern Sword fern is found in woodland areas of the U.S. from zone 8 through zone 10. The fronds are 2 1/2 inches in width and grow to 3 feet in length with many leaflets on each side of the rachis. This fern is an introduced species here in Florida and it is considered a category 1 invasive; it forms dense stands that quickly displace native species. Spores on the underside of the leaves are dispersed by the wind, but this plant also spreads by underground runners.

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