Asplenium ‘Parvati’

Austral Gem, Mother Fern, Norfolk Island Spleenwort


A distinctive fern originating from Australia, Asplenium dimorphum x difforme ‘Parvati’ thrives in a warm humid room with moderate indirect light.

Commonly known as the Mother Fern, it features distinctive, thick dark green desiccated fronds, unusual for Asplenium. These features make it rather forgiving of fluctuations in temperature or periods of drought compared to other tropical ferns, making for a great no fuss fern addition to any collection.


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Origin: Australia
Genus: Asplenium
Species / Cultivar: dimorphum x difforme (x Parvati)
Common Name: Austral Gem, Mother Fern, Norfolk Island Spleenwort

Plant Biography

A surprisingly unique fern, as it looks nothing like other members of the Asplenium family, Asplenium dimorphum x difforme ‘Parvati’ was created in Australia as a hybrid between A. difforme and A. dimporphum.

The stiff, waxy fronds of this evergreen hybrid fern make it more forgiving to variations in ambient humidity than other sub-tropical and tropical Asplenium species, as the waxy coating allows it to store and use water more effectively and resist wilting in dry heat.

Asplenium ‘Parvati’
Light: Low
This plant will tolerate shadier positions with only a little natural light.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Temperature: 15 - 28°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Slow
Expect to see quite small amounts of growth over the years.
Water Requirement: Keep Topped Up
Keep the soil moist at all times, while avoiding roots to sit in a pool of water.
Humidity: High
Provide moist air via daily misting or trays of wet grit. Keep away from drafts and heaters.
Maintenance: Low
Requires no attention beyond correct position and watering. An ideal starter plant!
Eventual Height: 0.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.4m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.

Expert Tip

The Mother Fern makes a great hanging plant as the fronds will grow increasingly large and, as they weigh more, start to arch pleasingly down from the pot.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

The Mother Fern is easier to care for than most tropical ferns.

It is moderately slow growing, with an eventual maximum indoor height of approximately 50cm. Avoid bright direct sunlight and water when soil surface begins to dry, and never leave it to sit in water. Avoid watering into the centre of the rosette as this can cause rot.

Any damaged or dead fronds may be carefully removed as needed. Rotate to ensure even growth and form, and improve humidity if the edges of the leaves tend to go brown.


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