Botanical: Polystichum acrostichoides
Common: Christmas Fern'
General Characteristics: Christmas ferns are easy to grow; tolerates a range of site conditions including dry shade and sun with adequate moisture; slender, creeping rhizome, branched with multiple crowns. They are good in dryish or moist soils in woodland gardens, shade gardens or shady areas of borders, wild or native plant gardens. The plant can tolerate more sun than some other ferns if it is provided with adequate soil moisture. May also be planted in shady areas along walls or foundations. A good plant for massing on slopes (including dryish, rocky ones) to help combat soil erosion.