Christmas Fern

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Christmas fern will provide your garden with four seasons of deep, evergreen beauty. A deer-resistant native of the Eastern United States, this robust, easy fern is a terrific choice for erosion control on shady and partly-shaded slopes, and is easily divisible for gardeners with large areas to cover.(Polystichum acrostichoides)
Zones 3 - 9
Deer Resistant
Winter Interest
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Mature Height 12-24" tall. , 12-24" wide.
Bloom TimeFoliage plant all summer

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information
12-24” tall x 18-24” wide. Christmas Fern is one of the native treasures of the American woodlands. A shade gardener favorite, this fern sports distinctive, stocking-shaped fronds which continue to look lush well into the January snows and were once used by settlers as holiday decorations. Four-season gardeners will especially appreciate the longevity and hardiness of this beautiful native fern. The leathery, deep green fronds die back at the beginning of spring but are immediately replaced with fresh new foliage. If allowed to stay in place, the older, drying foliage creates a mat around the fern which protects loose earth from eroding rains, making this a great choice for stream banks or difficult slopes. Although a lover of moist woodland sites, Christmas fern can also be planted in rockier areas with drier soils. Consider using it as a groundcover, or as a terrific evergreen accent around other deciduous and ephemeral woodland plants. (Polystichum acrostichoides) 
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Associated SKUsAM016110
AM013997 (Bag of 3)
AM013998 (Plant - 3" Pot) - Out of stock.
Common Name
Christmas Fern
Botanical Name
Polystichum acrostichoides
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color
Mature Height
12-24" tall.
Estimated Mature Spread
12-24" wide.
Growth Rate
Bloom Time
Foliage plant all summer
Planting Depth
Plant 1" deep.
Fountain-like clumps of green feathery, evergreen foliage.
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Moist / Wet, Well Draining
Deer Resistant, Native, Groundcover, Evergreen, Winter Interest
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada
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Zone 9Shipping begins the week of October 10th, 2022
Zone 10Shipping begins the week of October 17th, 2022

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