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PlantFiles: Fishtail Fern
Nephrolepis falcata 'Fancy Frill'

Family: Polypodiaceae
Genus: Nephrolepis (nef-roh-LEP-iss) (Info)
Species: falcata (fal-KAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Fancy Frill
Additional cultivar information: (PP16271; aka VP004)
Hybridized by Zaias; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2004

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
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:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

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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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive pamwil On Nov 6, 2012, pamwil from Baton Rouge, LA wrote:

This fern grows well in Denham Springs, La. It dies back in winter and comes back in the spring.

Positive Happy_1 On Jan 22, 2005, Happy_1 from Chicago, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have had this for 15 years in my side yards. One partial shade one more sun, but I have seen it in full Florida sun. It's beautiful and mine is about 4.5' tall. It spreads, but is not invasive. Little ones can be pulled out with no problem. I love is for flower arranging. It transplants like a dream. Nancy Lee


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

Clayton, California
Big Pine Key, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Ruskin, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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