Plants We Love: Christmas Fern

Plant name: Christmas fern
Botanical name: Polystichum acrostichoides
Virtues: This tough, adaptable fern is an evergreen with year-round interest for even very cold gardens.
Foliage: Lance-shaped dark green fronds with triangular leaflets.
Habit: Grows 18 to 24 inches tall in asymmetrical clumps of a similar width. Does not spread.
Season: Year-round.
Origin: United States’ East Coast to New Mexico.
Cultivation: Tough and adaptable, Christmas fern tolerates shade and takes drought better than most other ferns. Its ideal location is light shade and moist acidic to slightly alkaline soil. Do not trim old fronds until they turn brown.USDA Zones 3–9.

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