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Polystichum acrostichoides ‘Christmas Fern’

Christmas Fern’ gets its common name from the evergreen fronds that are sometimes used in holiday decorations. The ‘Christmas Fern’ is dark green and typically grows in a fountain-like clump and features leathery, lance-shaped, evergreen (green at Christmas time as the common name suggests) fronds. Stocking shape of the pinnae also suggests Christmas. Crosiers (young fiddleheads) in spring are silvery and scaled. Evergreen fronds also provide good winter interest for the landscape.

Ferns are perfect for the background of the garden or in a woodland setting. Their gracefulness make them especially suited for companions to the Hosta. Performs well in sun but prefers partial shade.

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FN130BAG Polystichum acrostichoides 'Christmas Fern' 25 15 $45.75
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Plant Details +

Size #1
Height 9-18"
Spacing 18"
Hardiness Zones 3-8
Exposure Partial shade to full shade
Foliage Dark-green, upright fronds
Flower Non-flowering
Bloomtime Non-flowering

General Information +

Botanical: Polystichum acrostichoides

Common: Christmas Fern'

Family: Dryopteridaceae

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.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems. Crown rot in poorly drained soils can be a problem, particularly in winter.

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is level with the soil surface. Water thoroughly. Best grown in organically rich, dry to medium wet, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Consider planting rhizome at an angle to help combat potential crown rot problems which can occur in poorly drained soils. This fern will not spread or naturalize, however clumps will increase in size over time.