Evergreen, height to 60cm.
Easy to grow house-fern though tolerant of light frosts for short periods.
Pale green, finely cut fronds. mature fronds sport young ferns that will root once they drop onto moist compost.
Prefer moist compost, not wet in partial shade.
This is a native of lowland woodlands in New Zealand and Australia. It has many native and common names. Examples are:
Hen and Chicken Fern
Maori's would eat the fern tips, before they unfurl to add flavour to dishes. Like European Bracken, the fronds have been used as animal bedding. The roots were also eaten and infusions made to treat various skin conditions.