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Christmas Fern

Dryopteridaceae Polystichum Acrostichoides Christmas Fern

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Grows InZone 5A · -20° to -15° F through Zone 8B · 15° to 20° F
Grows in Ashburn! (Learn More)
Sun ExposureFull / Mostly Shade, Dappled Light / Filtered Sun
Soil DrainageWell Drained
Resistent ToDeer Resistant, Drought, Insect
BloomsEarly Spring Blooms, Fall Foliage, Winter Foliage
Foliage ColorMedium Green, Dark Green
Average Height1' to 2', 2' to 3'
Average Width1' to 2', 2' to 3'
AttractsVisual Attention
Additional Information About Christmas Fern

Polystichum Acrostichoides 'Christmas Fern' is a moderate growing groundcover plant and perennial plant that can be grown in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 5A through 8B. It matures to an average height of 1 foot to 3 feet and an average width of 1 foot to 3 feet, depending on climate and other environmental factors. It prefers growing in a location that provides shade or filtered sun and grows best when planted in loam or silt soil that is well drained. The foliage is medium green and dark green in color. It attracts visual attention and is resistant to deer, drought and insects.

Christmas Fern can be useful in the landscape along woodland borders, in mass plantings, as an accent, under a shade tree, as a groundcover, in landscape beds or islands or for erosion control and also in rock or xeriscape gardens, perennial gardens or shade gardens.

More About The Christmas Fern...

The Chistmas Fern, Polystichum acrostichoides, got its name because it stays green right through the holiday season. It is a robust, leathery fern which has glossy, green fronds year-round. The fronds grow in clusters from a crownless rootstock and range from one to two feet in length. Fertile fronds are taller. The fern, which can grow two to three feet tall, forms a clump unlike many other ferns. It is easily recognizable in a woodland since it one of the few green plants poking through a blanket of snow..

The Christmas Fern is a native to much of eastern North America, growing in shaded and moist woodlands. It offers year round enjoyment with minimal care and maintenance. It is very easy to establish and grow where conditions are right. It requires cool, acidic, moist, well-drained soil in shade. 

The Christmas fern makes for an excellent addition for otherwise hard to manage, shady areas of the yard and brings a touch of the forest to the garden. In the right spot, it can be a good, evergreen border or accent plant. Though often used as a groundcover, it is a clumping fern, not forming a continuous, undifferentiated carpet the way some ferns do. 

In the past, the Christmas Fern was a very popular plant during the Christmas season and was used for wreath making and other yuletide decorations. The fronds are also used in floral arrangements. 


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