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(Botanical Names)
See Common Names below

Arachniodes simplicior 'V'
Asparagus densiflorus 'M'
Asparagus densiflorus 'S'
Asplenium bulbiferum
Athyrium 'Ghost'
Cyathea cooperi
Davallia fejeensis 'P'
Dicksonia antarctica
Dryopteris erythrosora
Microlepia strigosa 'M'
Nephrolepsis cordifolia
Nephrolepsis exalta 'B'
Polystichum polyblepharum
Polystichum setiferum 'W'
Polystichum tsus-simense
Rumohra andiantiformis
Woodwardia fimbriata

(Common Names)

Asparagus, Meyers
Asparagus, Sprengeri
Australian Tree
Giant Chain
Holly Fern
Japanese Tassel
Korean Rock
Lace 'M'
Rabbit's Foot
Soft Shield 'W'
Sword, Southern
Tasmanian Tree

Genus: Nephrolepsis Specific Epithet: cordifolia Variety: --
Phonetic: nef-ro-lep-is kor-di-fo-lee-a Family: Polypodiaceae
Root Meanings: A kidney, scale (membrane over spores)/Heart shaped leaves Origin: Tropics/sub-tropics CA
Native: No
Common Name(s) : Southern Sword Fern
Zones: 8, 9, 12-24, H1, H2 Exposure: Part Shade

Water: Regular

Type: Fern Persistence: Evergreen
Height: 2-3 ft Spread: 5 ft Growth Rate: Medium
Blooms: -- Flowers: -- Seasonal: --


  • Tolerates poor soil and erratic water
  • North American native
  • Attractive foliage
  • Drought tolerant
  • Low flammability
  • No blooms
  • No fruit


  • Spreads by fuzzy runners and can be invasive

Landscape Use:

  • Massing / Groundcover
  • Erosion Control
  • Naturalizing
  • Wetlands Plant
  • Shade Garden
  • Woodland Garden
  • Container
Master List #: 13-4