Genus: Cyrtomium

Cyrtomium

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Aitken
(Cyrtomium)
sir-TOE-mee-um
Synonyms:  Phanerophlebia
Dryopteridaceae
The genus Cyrtomium includes 12 to 20 species of ferns, some evergreen, from Central and East Asia and Central and South America. Their leathery, pointed foliage is quite distinctive and contasts well with lacier plants. Grow in a shady border or rock garden.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Leathery foliage that is often very un-fernlike. Fast growers.
Care:  Plant in full to partial shade in a moist but well-drained, humusy soil. They need plenty of water in summer, but not necessarily as much humidity as other ferns.
Propagation: 

Sow spores at 61°F in late summer.

Problems: 

Plants are commonly bothered by scale insects, root rot, and fungal spots.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Cyrtomium

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Japanese holly fern
Cyrtomium falcatum
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Japanese holly fern
Cyrtomium fortunei