This small, fragile-looking native fern is incredibly tough once established. Its diminutive evergreen fronds form adorable short tufts of green and appear like miniature versions of our common sword fern. This fern is very cute and once it is established it is even easy to grow in dry shade. This easy but slow-growing fern performs well in light, open, dappled, or deep shade. It grows fastest in rich well-drained soil, but it will grow well in most soil types except those that become water logged. It is drought tolerant once established.