Boston fern


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Boston fern

Boston fern

n.
A cultivar of the sword fern Nephrolepis exaltata, having arching or drooping pinnate fronds and popular as a houseplant.

[So called because the cultivar was first discovered in a lot of fern plants shipped to Cambridge, Massachusetts, and subsequently propagated by a local distributor.]

Bos′ton fern′


n.
a variety of sword fern, Nephrolepsis exaltata bostoniensis, having long, narrow, drooping fronds.
[1895–1900]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Boston fern - a sword fern with arching or drooping pinnate frondsBoston fern - a sword fern with arching or drooping pinnate fronds; a popular houseplant
sword fern - any of several tropical ferns having more or less sword-shaped fronds including one from which the Boston fern developed
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The popular Boston fern, with its arching green fronds, can develop into a perfect sphere of intricate greenery.
"One large Boston fern will fill up an entire planter."
Other safe plants for cats and dogs include African daisy, calendula, nasturtium, Boston fern, rose, camellia, gerber daisy, pampas grass, marigold, petunia, spider plant, star jasmine, sunflower, viola, snap dragon and zinnia.
SAFER CHOICES MANY herbs, including rosemary, parsley, lavender, thyme and sage are good, safe choices for cats and dogs, as well as African daisy, calendula, nasturtium, Boston fern, rose, camellia, gerber daisy, pampas grass, marigold, petunia, spider plant, star jasmine, sunflower, viola, snap dragon and zinnia.
(I love that she describes the good old Boston fern as "a mutant stowaway that has stood the test of time.")
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We always appreciate a space that becomes our respite and 'breathing room.' Enhance the quality of a space by introducing fresh air through the help of air-purifying plants such as the tall Areca palm or lush Boston fern. These keep the 'energy' in your space vibrant, and serve a dual purpose by offering a refreshing pop of color.
It's also safely out of the way, so perfect for those that aren't child or pet friendly, eg, prayer plant, Boston fern, English ivy or spider plant.
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These include the Boston fern, Bird's Nest Fern, Maiden Hair Fern and other forms.
More than 500 indoor and outdoor plants are listed at ASPCA.org as nontoxic to cats, including common houseplants such as Boston fern and African violets.

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