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)
AM013998 (Plant - 3" Pot)
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
|Estimated Mature Spread|
Foliage plant all summer
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the surface after watering in.
Fountain-like clumps of green feathery, evergreen foliage.
Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil, Acidic Soil
Average, Moist / Wet, Well Draining
Deer Resistant, Native, Groundcover, Evergreen, Winter Interest
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West
Spring / Summer, Fall
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