Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Green Lady’
Boston fern, sword fern
The Boston Fern forms a graceful, arching mound of lush ruffled green foliage that will drape itself pleasingly over the sides of a hanging basket or bathroom shelf. This is a good beginner’s fern, being a little more tolerant than some of its fussy cousins.
‘Green Lady’ is a cultivar of Nephrolepis exaltata, which grows wild in South and Central America and the West Indies. Its usual native habitats are humid dappled places such as swamps and forests – explaining its desire for humidity and indirect lighting when grown in the home.
Many sources list Nephrolepis as one of the top choices for improving air quality in the home, ranked at number 9 out of NASA’s top 50 air purifying plants.
Care & Size Guidance
Slowly but surely, this fern can reach 75cm height and spread. Your main task, as with all ferns, is to keep it well watered but not waterlogged – and to position somewhere humid away from harsh direct sunlight.