Boston fern is a widespread fern species native to swampy, humid regions of South and Central America, Africa, and the West Indies. In North America, it is kept as a houseplant and is famous for being easy to maintain. It is also known under the name ‘sword fern.’
Nephrolepis exaltata is a tropical evergreen plant. It has alternate leaflets on both sides of the midrib. The pale-green fronds can grow up to 4 ft (1.2 m) long. This species will also send out long, thin stolons which root to form a new plant whenever they touch the ground.