Choose a country to see content specific to your location

Skip to main content
A picture of a Crocodile Fern

Crocodile Fern

Microsorum musifolium 'Crocodyllus'

Photo by Kasia_K (All rights reserved)

Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity

More images of Crocodile Fern

A close up of a green leaf of Microsorum musifolium 'Crocodyllus' showing the mottle vein pattern giving it it's common name of Crocodile Fern.
A photo of Crocodile Fern
A photo of Crocodile Fern
A photo of Crocodile Fern
A photo of Crocodile Fern

Crocodile Fern Overview

Microsorum musifolium 'Crocodyllus' is a tender evergreen epiphytic fern from the Polypodiaceae family. It produces glossy green strap-like leaves with pointed tips, that have prominent dark green veins that mosaic across the leaves giving it a look like crocodile or snake skin. This plant makes a fabulous statement houseplant, its commonly known by the names Crocodile Fern, Crocodylus Fern or Alligator Fern.

Common problems with Crocodile Fern

How to harvest Crocodile Fern

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Crocodile Fern


Divide in spring when the plant is in active growth.


Special features of Crocodile Fern

Attractive leaves

Pot plant

Indoor plant

Grow in equal parts find-grade bark, perlite, and charcoal or this plant can be grown epiphytically in bright filtered light with the rhizomes wrapped in moss and tied to a suitable rooting medium.

Other uses of Crocodile Fern

A low maintenance plant when grown outdoors, they can be used on banks and slopes as ground cover in formal rock gardens or informal cottage styles.