Bird’s Nest Fern
Synonyms of Asplenium nidus (9) (Updated on 1-7-21): Asplenium ellipticum (Fée) Copel., Asplenium ficifolium Goldm., Neottopteris elliptica Fée, Neottopteris nidus (L.) J.Sm., Neottopteris ovata J.Sm. ex Fée, Neottopteris stenocarpa Fée, Neottopteris vulgaris J.Sm., Thamnopteris nidus (L.) C.Presl, Polypodium giganteum Noronha
Asplenium nidus L. is the correct and accepted name for the Bird’s Nest Fern. The genus and species were named and described by Carl von Linnaeus in the second volume of the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.
Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 722 species in the Asplenium genus (as of 1-7-21 when I am updating this page. It is a member of the plant family Aspleniaceae with 24 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made.
This is another plant that Suzanne bought from Lowe’s before she passed away in 2009. It was a neat plant and did very well for a couple of years then it decided to get crown rot and die…
Origin: Hmmm… Depends on what website you look at. Eastern Asia, eastern Australia, Bismark Archipelago, eastern Africa, Christmas Island, Hawaii, India, Jawa, Philippines, Polynesia…
Zones: USDA Zones 11-12
Size: 3-5’ tall x 2-3’ wide
Light: Part to full shade
Soil: Well-drained, humus-rich soil.
Water: Average water requirements
Uses: Can grow in beds where hardy otherwise grow in pots.
It would be difficult for me to give an accurate description of the Asplenium nidus because I didn’t have it as a companion very long. I think it lived for a couple of years even though the only two photos I have were taken in 2009.
The Birds Nest Fern is a beautiful plant and I may buy another one someday when I can provide a suitable environment.
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