Polystichum acrostichoides

Christmas Fern

  • Mounding perennial fern with lustrous evergreen arching fronds.
  • Foliage is once compound with each impressive frond consisting of many pairs of serrate pinnae.
  • In early spring slender silvery fiddleheads emerge from the loose tufts of old foliage.
  • Old leaves collapse into the leaf litter as new fronds unfurl from the fiddleheads.
  • Thrives in moist sites and adapts to loamy soils in shade or part shade.

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Foliage Color
Shade/ Part Shade
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Soil Moisture
Average Water
Dry Soil
Moist, Well Drained
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Growing & Maintenance Tips for Polystichum acrostichoides

The evergreen foliage of this fern provide Winter Interest and allow it to serve as a lovely and useful Accent for a Shade Garden.  In appropriate sites, Polystichum acrostichoides matures into a verdant and soothing Groundcover, Border or Mass.  This fern provides Erosion Control and serves as a valuable component of Deer Resistant Plantings, Low Maintenance Plantings, Perennial Borders, Rock Gardens, Water-Wise Landscapes and Wildlife Gardens.