Lemon Button Fern

Nephrolepis cordifolia ‘Duffii’

Nephrolepis Cordifolia ‘Duffii‘, better known as Lemon Button Fern, is native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Asia. Lemon Button Fern is a small variety of Boston Fern and is known for its round leaflets that look like small buttons which give off a faint lemon scent, hence its common name. Lemon Button Ferns are a popular choice because its an easy houseplant to maintain and its small size allows it to be placed most anywhere.


They grow best in medium indirect light, but can live in bright or low light conditions, just give it some time to adjust. Lemon Buttons should be watered regularly so that the soil doesn’t dry out, however, take care to let the soil drain during watering to prevent root rot. They do best in high humidity areas such as kitchens and well-lit bathrooms or will be happy with a regular misting. Lemon Buttons are perfect for beginner plant parents and for those with less natural light in their living spaces.

Care Tips

Nephrolepis cordifolia ‘Duffii’

Although plant parents tend to have their own parenting style and each plant’s needs are different, our plant experts have a few suggestions they’ve found to be helpful overall:


They grow best in medium indirect light, but can live in bright or low light conditions when given the chance to adjust.


Water weekly. Soil should be kept slightly damp to the touch, but never soggy.


Ferns prefer temperatures of 65⁰ to 85⁰.


A very light feeder, apply a balanced fertilizer at half strength every 1 - 3 months during the growing season.

Fun Facts

  1. Aromatic Bliss: The leaves of this plant release a lemony fragrance when handled or crushed. This quality explains the fitting choice of name for the fern.
  2. A Petite Package: Lemon button ferns normally grow no larger than about a foot tall, and are popular plants for vivariums.
  3. Unique: Ferns are vascular plants that reproduce through spores and do not have seeds or flowers.
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