Christmas Fern

Polystichum acrostichoides

  • 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.


Height: 1-2 ft
Spread: 1-2 feet
Spacing: 2-3 ft
Zone: 3-9
Color: Non-Flowering

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Characteristics & Attributes

Critter Resistance:

» Deer Resistant

Foliage Color:

» Green

Exposure:

» Partial Sun
» Shade/ Part Shade

Soil Moisture:

» Average Water
» Dry Soil
» Moist, Well Drained

Season of Interest (Foliage):

» Fall
» Spring
» Summer
» Winter