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What is the name of the fern that is much like the Boston fern, but is somewhat larger.  I think it begins with 'euro'.
Thank you very much.

Philip hi;

The largest commercially available sword fern is named "Macho."  It is of the same genus as the Boston fern ("Nephrolepis") but has a distinctly dissimilar appearance (it is coarse, wide, dark, and substantially larger).

Among the true Boston ferns, there are numerous named selections that have a larger, more trailing habit.  Among those, you can indeed find one named "Euro" but also "Massaii", "Super Boston", and "Super Bingo".

Generally, in the trade, all selections are simply sold as Boston ferns and neither retailers nor growers tend to identify the individually named ones.

I hope I answered the question to your satisfaction; please let me know if I can offer further assistance.



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I can answer all types of questions regarding ferns: their physiology, life cycle, taxonomy, culture (for both the professional and hobbyist), home and garden application and care, site suitability, and more. I can also answer questions in the fields of greenhouse production, foliage plants, and houseplant care, along with questions in the general field of ornamental horticulture. I may be able to identify fern and foliage plants by photo, but I am unlikely to be able to do it by description (though I will never turn down a challenge). I am not an expert in crop, field, and agronomic production. I am not an expert on annuals, perennials, tree & shrub crops.


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