Birds Nest Fern

The bird's nest fern is a commonly seen house plant that likes humidity. Despite its name, the bird's nest fern does not look like a typical fern. The apple-green, tongue-shaped fronds of the bird's nest fern are whole rather than cut. They are borne from a central, funnel-shaped rosette of fuzzy, brown wool where the emerging fronds resemble bird's eggs, giving the plant its common name. ­

The bird's nest fern thrives on high humidity. The higher the humidity, the longer the fronds. They rarely reach more than 18 inches in height indoors.

This nest-shaped fern is native to Queensland and New South Wales, it will grow attached to a trees and rocks in shady areas, free from frost.