Polystichum acrostichoides - Christmas Fern
Polystichum acrostichoides - Christmas Fern

Polystichum acrostichoides - Christmas Fern

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Rain GardenPart Shade Deer Resistant
DESCRIPTION
Christmas Fern
Polystichum acrostichoides

Christmas fern is an evergreen fern that provides year round visual interest and provides protective cover for birds and other wildlife year round. Dense plantings offer the most protection for ground-dwelling birds and other animals.  The leathery fronds grow in fountain-like clumps.

BENEFITS
  • Evergreen fronds provide winter interest
  • Offers year round cover for birds and wildlife
  • Thrives in dry areas or moister soil with more sun
  • Great companion plant with woodland wildflowers
  • Fronds are used in fresh arrangements
  • Deer resistant
NATIVE INFO

Native Range

Woodlands from Nova Scotia to Wisconsin south to Texas and Florida.

Map Credit: The Biota of North America 
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)

Interesting Facts

The common name for this plant comes from the fact that early settlers used it to decorate at Christmas time.

 

GROWING TIPS

 

Mature Size: 12-24in. Tall x 12-24in. Wide

 

Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Sun Exposure: Full to part shade

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