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Polystichum acrostichoides

Christmas Fern, Dagger Fern

Main interest:
semi-evergreen, glossy green foliage, winter interest, native
partial to full shade
Soil humidity:
dry to moist soil; well drained
Growth type:
slow running
Flower colour:
Flowering period:
deep green
USDA Hardiness:
zone 4a: -34.5 °C (-30 °F) View Zone Map
Mature height & width (max.):
height: 2 ft (0.6 m) width: 2 ft (0.6 m)
shade garden, woodland, renaturalizing, ground-cover, border, foundation, mass planting, specimen, container

Christmas Fern is a robust, low maintenance evergreen fern with a cascade of rich dark green, leathery fronds that reach up to 2 ft long. Aslo called "Dagger Fern", it is ideal for winter interest in the garden (although the fronds use their upright, cascading habit and lay flat on the ground creating bird habitat).

Prefers shade to partial shade, but will tolerate some sun. Use in shade gardens and woodland gardens, moist ravines and banks (will help stop erosion), and shady borders. Polystichum acrostichoides can also be used against shaded foundations, as an accent or mass as a great companion for wildflowers. This native fern is a slow grower that won't spread. It will grow successfully under walnut trees.

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Ships to Ontario only
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