Polystichum acrostichoides – Christmas Fern

Published on June 10, 2012 by Casey

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Polystichum acrostichoides
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.

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  • 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 Range

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

Native Trivia

The common name for this plant comes from the fact that early settlers used it as a green at Christmas time.

Characteristics & Attributes

    Plan Sub Group
    • Low Perennials

    • Shade
    • Filtered Shade
    • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade

    • Wide soil tolerance
    • Well-drained

    Soil Moisture Preference
    • Moist but well-drained
    • Dry
    • Moist
    • Average

    Critter Resistance
    • Deer Resistant

    Habitat Collection
    • Wet Sun
    • Dry Shade

    Native Habitat
    • Forest

    Foliage Color
    • Green

    • Cut or dried flower
    • Evergreen

Source: abnativeplants

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