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PlantFiles: Boston Fern
Nephrolepis exaltata 'Fluffy Ruffles Upright'

Family: Polypodiaceae
Genus: Nephrolepis (nef-roh-LEP-iss) (Info)
Species: exaltata (eks-all-TAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Fluffy Ruffles Upright

4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From spores

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive LarryR On Dec 27, 2007, LarryR from South Amana, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

This rather rare sport of the common Boston Fern has been growing happily in a pot in my indoor and outdoor gardens for the past 30 years! It does very well under grow lights during the winter and has only been repotted twice. If you like ferns, have the room, and see a healthy Fluffy Ruffles for sale somewhere, buy it!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Brewton, Alabama
Mira Loma, California
Apopka, Florida
Clewiston, Florida
Cincinnati, Ohio
Pikeville, Tennessee
Deer Park, Texas

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