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Christmas fern will provide your garden with four seasons of deep, evergreen beauty. A deer-resistant native of the Eastern United States, this robust, easy fern is a terrific choice for erosion control on shady and partly-shaded slopes, and is easily divisible for gardeners with large areas to cover.(Polystichum acrostichoides)

Zones 3 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Native
Native
Winter Interest
Winter Interest
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Mature Plant Size 12-24" tall, 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Foliage plant all summer
SKU 15FFERN3

Plant Information

12-24” tall x 18-24” wide. Christmas Fern is one of the native treasures of the American woodlands. A shade gardener favorite, this fern sports distinctive, stocking-shaped fronds which continue to look lush well into the January snows and were once used by settlers as holiday decorations. Four-season gardeners will especially appreciate the longevity and hardiness of this beautiful native fern. The leathery, deep green fronds die back at the beginning of spring but are immediately replaced with fresh new foliage. If allowed to stay in place, the older, drying foliage creates a mat around the fern which protects loose earth from eroding rains, making this a great choice for stream banks or difficult slopes. Although a lover of moist woodland sites, Christmas fern can also be planted in rockier areas with drier soils. Consider using it as a groundcover, or as a terrific evergreen accent around other deciduous and ephemeral woodland plants. (Polystichum acrostichoides)

Associated SKUs
15FERNG
17ORN (Plant - 3" pot) - Out of stock.
15FFERN3 (Bag of 3)
Common Name Christmas Fern
Botanical Name Polystichum acrostichoides
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color Green
Mature Height 12-24" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Foliage plant all summer
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Bare Root
Foliage Color Green
Foliage Native evergreen fern
Native Yes
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Native, Winter Interest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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Shipping begins in September based on ground temperatures, coldest zones first.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Fall bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial orders may arrive separately from bulbs and seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

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American MeadowsChristmas Fern
 
3.0

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

63%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (4)

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3.0

Christmas Fern

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from Texarkana, TX

About Me Avid Gardener

Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

  • Small In Size

Best Uses

  • Outdoors

Comments about American Meadows Christmas Fern:

Seems to be very slow growing. Not sure how big it will be. But very attractive!

  • Primary use:
  • Personal

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Plant too small

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from Rocky Hill, CT

About Me Avid Gardener

Pros

    Cons

    • Died Immediately
    • Small In Size

    Best Uses

    • Shade

    Comments about American Meadows Christmas Fern:

    Shipping container was so small. I planted it with the Lady Fern which grew fine but this Christmas Fern was a bad plant.

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    • Personal
     
    4.0

    Native choice for Chesapeake Watershed

    By 

    from DC-MD suburbs (7a)

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Chesapeake Native
    • Native For Chesapeake Wat

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about American Meadows Christmas Fern:

        Chose this & Lady Ferns because they're on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service "Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping: Chesapeake Bay Watershed" list. Planting in a wooded spot in the garden that backs up to a parking lot. Only saying 4 stars now since they've just started - will let you know how well they take in the long run....

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        • Personal
         
        5.0

        A winter hardy fern that has done well.

        By 

        from Tyler, Texas

        About Me Master Gardener

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • Hardy
        • Healthy
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Container Planted
          • Outdoors
          • Patio

          Comments about American Meadows Christmas Fern:

          I purchased this fern for a container accent plant.
          I has grown to a larger size and is attractive.
          Neighbors have asked me if it is real! Still green during cold weather.

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          • Personal
           
          1.0

          Very disappointed again

          By 

          from Southport, NC

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          Comments about American Meadows Christmas Fern:

          Plant barely grew..it is spindly and ragged.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Healthy, growing plants

          By 

          from Pasadena, MD

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          Pros

          • Easy to plant
          • Was delivered on time

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Good For Less Sunny Areas

            Comments about American Meadows Christmas Fern:

            I'm starting a fern collection in my shadier areas and these are a pleasing addition with their bright green shades.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Nothing merry about this fern

            By 

            from Hanley Falls, MN

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            Comments about American Meadows Christmas Fern:

            This fern did not come up this spring.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Perfect Addition

            By 

            from Northern Virginia

            Comments about American Meadows Christmas Fern:

            Wanted to add some additional Christmas fern to my woods. Purchase them last fall. They are coming big and strong. Looking forward to enjoying them next winter when everything else dies back.

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            Q & A

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            USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

            To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

            • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
            • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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