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 featherlike fronds in shades of green and sometimes chartreuse make these ferns valuable foliage plants, both indoors and out.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsFeatherlike fronds are a great addition to the garden as potted plants or among shrubs in a border, or indoors as houseplants 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