Kywoods...Xerophytic ferns are so interesting because they demand moisture at the roots, but prefer their foliage to be dry. Their 'leathery' fronds can take a lot more sun than the 'average' fern.
They seem such an anomaly when one thinks 'fern'.
The common button fern is technically a Xerophytic fern...though many reference books will STILL say that they should be kept in a terrarium and should be misted.
I've got a few books with lots of info...just haven't had time to read 'em lately...try a google search using the term...you'll get lots of info!
My Button fern made it thru the summer here, Vinca at the bottom as ground cover to keep it cool, in temps over 100 degrees throughout the year so far. About 5 hours of early sun every day, is all...
I listed all the DG Gardenology links for each of the terms in my first post above (4th post down in this poll). But maybe the intent was for each person to do their own research and homework and learn how to use the DG Gardenology feature? LOL
A LOT of people in NC have been looking into xeriscaping, thanks to the drought that officially "just ended" with Hanna a week ago. As for me, being a language major helps with all of these word roots. As well as being a cactus fanatic (over 50 types of cacti and succulents at home!)