Davallia Feejensis …… like any of us are really going to remember that !!!… lets just call it what it is “the Rabbits Foot Fern”, which is a low maintenance, easy to grow and care for fern with elegant lacy dark green fronds, that develop long furry white to brown rhizomes over the edge that resemble rabbits feet and can be grown outside in low light areas, or indoors in indirect lighting.
The Rabbits Foot Fern will grow up to 60cms tall by 60cms wide in filtered light – part sun ( not direct) to part shade ( not full shade, it is not a mushroom !!)
now we could use fancy botanical terminologies like elongated form of fronds, rhizomatous body structure, epiphytic nature ( meaning derives its nutrients from air, rain, water, etc)… but unless you have a dictionary or botanical degree, or you are just a know it all… nobody actually talks that way… so basically, most ferns are not a heavy eaters and dont require any extra fertiliser, but they does love a moist soil level, but not sopping or over wet… moist = cool to touch, not leaking water….
The Rabbit Foot fern will grow in areas of minimal sunlight, its lacy green foliage and rabbit foot looking rhizomes draping over the edge really does set it apart from other ferns and makes it ideal for pots, containers, hanging baskets and mixed planters. The Rabbits Foot Fern is also very versatile and great indoors as an air purifier, its lacy green foliage helps to remove toxins from the air inside your home and to bring a little tropical rainforest from outside… to the inside !!
Ferns are known as humidity lovers, they like moist air, like in rainforests and our forests here in the Dandenong Ranges, they like the misty air and often it is enough for them to live off, as well as the decomposition on the forest floor, they feed off that much like the mosses, algae etc ( epiphytic), so on dry days in the garden during summer, give them a light spray over with some moisture to freshen them up, or if you home is a little dry and you are using ferns as an indoor plant, a light squirt of water with a spray bottle will help to keep some humidity up for them.