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Christmas Fern

Polystichum acrostichoides

SKU
08371
A low-growing fern native to Eastern North America with dark green, leathery fronds that form a fountain-like foliage crown that broadens with age. Works well as an accent in shaded beds and borders. A clumping fern that can be planted en masse for use as a groundcover that maintains its vibrant color well into winter. Evergreen.
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Botanical Pronunciationpol-LIST-ik-um ak-ruh-stick-OH-id-eez
LoreChristmas Fern derives its name from its resilience to early season snows, in which it will hold its dark green color beyond Christmas, making it an ideal accent to holiday arrangements.
Average Size at MaturityFast growing; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimePrized for foliage.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Accent, Hillside, Small Spaces
Light NeedsFull shade, Partial shade
Special FeatureEasy Care, North American Native Selection, Fast Growing
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater when top 2 inches of soil is dry.
Companion PlantsSolomon's Seal (Polygonatum); Columbine (Aquilegia); Hosta (Hosta); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)

Thrives in organically rich soils with excellent drainage; tolerate wet soils but not poorly drained, waterlogged soils or standing water. Shelter from harsh sun exposures. Water regularly in first growing season to establish root system; once established tolerates periodic dry spells. Remove old, faded fronds when new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8

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