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 CharacteristicsLeathery foliage that is often very un-fernlike. Fast growers.
CarePlant 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.
PropagationSow spores at 61°F in late summer.
ProblemsPlants are commonly bothered by scale insects, root rot, and fungal spots.