Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Christmas Fern

Polystichum acrostichoides
Plant Type: Ferns
Native Environment: Forest
Season of Interest: Mid (May - June), Late (July - frost), Winter (Nov - Mar)
Main Color: Green
Fall Color: Green
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Medium Sun/Average Shade, Shade
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Cover
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

12 to
20
inches

Spread:

18 to
24
inches
Size
Height: 12 to
20
inches
Spread: 18 to
24
inches
Size
Height: 12 to
20
inches
Spread: 18 to
24
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Looks great in a natural or formal landscape and in containers as well. Good ground cover. The leathery, glossy fronds are used in flower arrangements also.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Prefers shade, but will tolerate some sun if kept moist. Well-drained soil is best. Can adapt to a variety of conditions if proper shade requirements are met.
Special Features
Evergreen
Special Usage
Basic Description

This native fern has glossy, deep-green, lance-shaped fronds that emerge upright, then arch gently and eventually ‘lay down’ to cover the ground as they mature. This evergreen fern has ‘hairy’ brown leaf stems and is one of the first to emerge in spring.

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