Cheilanthus viridus is a dark green fern with fronds resembling the common “maiden hair” fern only much harder and more drought tolerant. It prefers a shady spot.
Pellaea calomelanos is an attractive fern that is widespread in the summer-rainfall areas and is the most common fern in Gauteng. The hardy fern is very leathery in texture and has rigid, blue-green fronds are up to 350 mm long .
Rumohra adiantiformis is a beautiful, rhizome creeping fern with large, leathery, deep green leaves that needs a shady, moist position.
Thelypteris dentata is a beautiful fern that is common along stream banks in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal midlands. The open leaves and modest growth makes it an attractive plant for a shady garden. Plant in a humus-rich soil and keep damp.