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Spleenwort

Asplenium spp.

Also known as

Bird's-Nest Fern

Hirschzungenfarn Asplenium scolopendrium 2011 by 4028mdk09 (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

7a-10b

USDA zone

-18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

1m

10cm

Min

50cm

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Overview

Asplenium is a large genus containing around 716 species of fern, some of which are economically important, sold frequently as houseplants. They are evergreen or semi-evergreen, like moist, damp conditions and most grow best in low light conditions. The common name Bird's-Nest Fern is derived from the way in which the fronds overlap to form a nest, inside which organic matter is accumulated. Smaller species work well in small crevices, in rock gardens, or in alpine troughs, while larger species work well in woodlands or shady borders among shrubs.

Common problems

Propagation

Spores

Division

Divide hardy species in spring.

Special Features

Attractive leaves

Attractive foliage plants.