This genus is made up of around 30 species of evergreen or semi-evergreen ferns from tropical and subtropical regions around the world. Some are terrestrial and some are epiphytic. Dense mounds of feather-like fronds in shades of green and sometimes chartreuse make these ferns valuable foliage plants, both indoors and out.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsFeather-like fronds are a great addition to the garden as potted plants or among shrubs in a border, or indoors as a houseplant or in a greenhouse.
CareOutdoors, these ferns want moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil with lots of humus in partial shade. Indoors, grow in bright filtered light in a humid location with good ventilation. Water sparingly in winter.
PropagationMany cultivars are sterile, or do not come true from spores. For those that are fertile, sow spores at 70°F when ripe. Separate rooted runners in late winter or early spring.
ProblemsAerial blight, leaf spots, root rots, spider mites, scale insects, mealybugs.