The Crocodile Fern, sometimes known as an alligator fern, a crocodylus fern or a crocodile plant, is a fern native to Australia with a slightly unusual texture. The fern gets its name from the scale like appearance of its leaves which also makes it an appealing houseplant for fern lovers. It needs a bright indirect light, and the soil to be kept evenly moist, but not boggy. Best for a 11-12" pot. Standard potting soil is recommended.