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Japanese Holly Fern

Cyrtomium falcatum 'Rochfordianum'

Popular for its hardiness and handsome foliage, this fern makes an excellent groundcover or border edging in shaded locations. The stiff, glossy, dark green fronds of holly-like leaflets with coarsely fringed margins add excellent texture to container plantings. Evergreen in mild winter regions.
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Full shade, Partial shade

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical Pronunciationser-TOE-mium fal-KAH-tum
Average Size at MaturityForms vase-shaped clump 18 to 24 in. tall, 24 to 36 in. wide.
Bloom TimePrized for foliage.
Design IdeasThis unique Fern is an excellent potted specimen. It grows in shaded niches in rock gardens and on the north side of buildings. Thicker than other Fern, it stands up to coastal breezes without tattering. Above all, it is among the few that survive well with salt air or saline water supply.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Rustic
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Rock Garden, Woodland Garden, Coastal Exposure, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull shade, Partial shade
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureGift Plant, Shade Loving, Year-round Interest, Pet Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsCoral Bells (Heuchera); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra); Hosta (Hosta); Ligularia (Ligularia); Lungwort (Pulmonaria)

Best with fertile, evenly moist, well-drained soil. Shelter from harsh afternoon sun. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Fertilize periodically during growing season. Provide winter protection in USDA zone 6. Remove old, faded fronds after new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-10

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