Christmas Fern is a native fern so named for it’s deep green color lasting through the holiday season.
Easily established in the proper conditions, this fern makes for an excellent four-season accent plant in shade gardens. Polystichum acrostichoides presents as clumps of silvery fiddleheads in the spring, growing into tall dark green fronds that have a leathery texture.
Unlike some other ferns, this one does not tolerate standing water, rather, it thrives in moist soils with good drainage, but it is also surprisingly drought tolerant. Growth and color will be better in partial to full shade, but it can tolerate some sun as well.
Source: grown from seed originally from Maine. Wild Seed Project, southern Maine.
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)
size: 2 quart pot type: fern sun needs: shade to part shade water needs: average to dry soil height: 1-2' plant spacing: 1 per square foot
good plant companions
Violets, hepatica, spring beauty, trout lily, columbine, trillium, wild geranium, bloodroot, Jack-in-the-pulpit
deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof) evergreen