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Foxtail Fern
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Foxtail Fern

Foxtail ferns are not really ferns, as they’re multiplied from seeds and produce no spores. The common name likely came from the clumping habit of the plant that is similar to that of a fern.

Though delicate-looking, these plants are quite hardy. The foxtail fern is a laidback plant with easy care requirements. All they really need is bright, indirect light and well-draining soil. Pair this with a healthy amount of room to grow and the occasional trimming of spent stems and you will have a beautifully bushy plant.

The foxtail fern has tuberous roots, making it drought-tolerant. This means it is quite forgiving if you forget to water it. Because of its strong root system, however, it can choke out smaller, more fragile plants.

If kept in pots, foxtail ferns make wonderful houseplants and can easily be brought indoors for the winter in colder climates.The foxtail fern likes soft light, preferably in lightly shaded areas. Morning sun is fine, just be sure that your plant receives protection from hot afternoon sunshine.