Adiantum aethiopicum - Common Maidenhair

10-45 cm x spreading

Carpeting groundcover fern. Fronds tufted aling vigorous rhizomes.

A well known and reliable fern which can cover large areas in ideal conditions. Suitable as a container or basket plant if kept moist and protected from drying winds.

Cyathea australis - Rough Tree-fern

5-15 m high

Upright fibrous trunk. Dark green triangular fronds.

Moist well drained soil tolerating short dry periods and some sun once established. Semi-shade to full shade.

Not easily transplanted. 

Dicksonia antarctica - Soft Tree-fern

2-12 m high 

Robust, erect trunk. Oblong fronds.

Moist humus-rich soil in humid high rainfall areas. Semi-shade to full sun.

Commonly sold as bare trunks in nurseries.

Blechnum rupestre - Small Rasp Fern

Synonyms: Doodia caudata

10-40 cm x 10-50 cm

Erect or weeping fern with narrow, dark green fronds.

Acidic, moist, peaty or humus-rich soils, tolerating a sunny position with ample moisture. Semi-shade to full shade.

Suitable for garden, pot or hanging basket.


Marsilea drummondii - Common Nardoo

Stripes 3-30 cm high

An aquatic plant with floating, 4-lobed leaves.

Boggy soil, subject to inundation, shallow water no deeper than 30 cm. Full sun, semi-shade.

Attractive in a pond.


Marsilea hirsuta - Short-fruit Nardoo

Stripes 2-18 cm

An aquatic plant with floating fronds.

Full sun, semi-shade.

Very susceptible to drought and changing climatic conditions.

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Polystichum proliferum - Mother Shield Fern

0.25-1.5 m x 1-1.5 m

Tufted fern with long arching fonds.

Moist soils, tolerating dry periods once established. Semi-shade to full shade.

An excellent and reliable fern for gardens.


Pteris tremula - Tender Brake

0.6-1.5 m high

A very attractive fern. Fronds to 1.5 m long.

Moist well drained to poorly drained soils. Semi-shade to full shade.