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Fishbone Fern

Fishbone Fern
Photo: Anthony Kachenko
Invasive Plant
Fishbone Fern
Nephrolepis cordifolia

Generally regarded as an Australian native, this fern has become invasive outside its original range. Extremely tough fern spreading rapidly by underground rhizomes with erect slightly arched fishbone shaped fronds to 75cm. Tolerates dry conditions but prefers a warm position with moist soil.



  • Spores can be carried by either wind or water.
  • Dumping of garden waste is a common method of spreading this plant. It only takes a small piece of this plant to regenerate, so ensure complete and effective disposal.
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Other superior selections include;

  • Asplenium australasicum - Bird's Nest Fern
  • Rumohra adiantiformis - Leather Fern

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Alternative Plants

Gristle Fern
Photo: Norwood
Alternative Plant Gristle Fern
Blechnum cartilagineum
Climbing and Ground Cover Plants

Extremely hardy native fern tolerant of both frost and drought conditions. It prefers some protection from the full sun, foliage is mid green but new fronds are pink, providing an attractive contrast.

Rasp Fern
Photo: Barry Naylor
Alternative Plant Rasp Fern
Doodia aspera
Climbing and Ground Cover Plants

Fantastic native fern with attractive foliage, new fronds being bright pinkish red. Forms a great groundcover but prefers some protection from full sun. It is surprisingly drought tolerant and generally quite hardy.

Rough Maidenhair Fern
Photo: Macbird Floraprint
Alternative Plant Rough Maidenhair Fern
Adiantum hispidulum
Climbing and Ground Cover Plants

Glossy green fan shaped fronds emerge from dark brown stems to 30cm high forming a tuft. New foliage is pink. This fern prefers a moist situation and protection from full sun for best results.

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