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NEPHROLEPIS obliterata 'Kimberley Queen'

Image of Nephrolepis obliterata 'Kimberley Queen'

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Dryopteridaceae

Botanical Name

NEPHROLEPIS obliterata 'Kimberley Queen'

Plant Common Name

Kimberley Queen Sword Fern, Swordfern

General Description

The Kimberley Queen sword fern is among the easiest of ferns to grow. This fern's long fronds with a lovely medium green to dark green color are held upright and gently arch to form a handsome rounded clump. It is considered a tidier looking plant when compared to the species. In its native northeastern Australia and New Guinea, it would be found growing in rainforests upon rocks or in soil near lakes or streams.

'Kimberley Queen' needs very bright indirect light in a soil that is moist and fertile; with increased moisture this cultivar has been grown in nearly full sun. Avoid overwatering this fern, strive only to keep the soil moist and never dry. Although it is a durable plant, increased humidity and comfortably cool night temperatures are helpful in retaining good foliage. It is often used for a houseplant or as a seasonal hanging basket or container accent on partially-sunny outdoor patios.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2

  • Plant Type

    Fern

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    24"-30" / 61.0cm - 76.2cm

  • Width

    28"-34" / 71.1cm - 86.4cm

  • Native To

    Australia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water, Ample Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Lime Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Lime Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Lime Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Lime Green

  • Bark Color

    Red, Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Houseplant, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No