What is this houseplant with hairy feet?

Judy, I bought this weird fern (I think??). It has these hairy, skinny, “feet” hanging over the edge of the pot. The card in it just said “tropical plant.” I love the plant and named her Lucy. Can you tell her real name and how to care for her? I can’t figure out how to include a picture, sorry. Alice

Hi Alice,

It sounds like “Lucy” your new houseplant is a Rabbit’s Foot Fern. Here is a picture of a Rabbit’s Foot Fern. Let me know if it’s the right plant.

Lacy fronds,hairy roots Rabbit's Foot Fern

Rabbit’s Foot Fern

Rabbit’s Foot Ferns compact plants that never make a mess like other ferns. A Rabbit’s Foot Fern has thin lacy medium green fronds that have an almost bluish tinge. As a Rabbit’s Foot Fern matures it develops furry creeping rhizomes (fleshy roots) that grow on the surface of the soil and cling to the edges of the pot. These rhizomes are covered in brown hairy looking scales that make them look like the feet of a Rabbit. The upright airy Rabbit’s Foot Fern like medium light and soil that’s kept a little drier than other ferns.

You can read my plant care advice for Rabbit’s Foot Fern houseplants in the Popular HousePlant section of the website.