Asplenium bulbiferum, known as mother spleenwort, is a fern species native to New Zealand only. It is also called hen and chicken fern and, in the Māori language, pikopiko, mouku or mauku. Its fronds are eaten as a vegetable.
Mother fern is a graceful tropical fern with lacy fronds that resemble carrot tops. Although mother fern can be grown outdoors in warm, humid climates, the plant is especially popular as a houseplant, and will add a lush, green, woodsy feel to the indoor environment. The mother fern, appropriately named because of the small plantlets that develop along the fronds, isn't especially fussy, and will grow happily with proper levels of light and water.