Polystichum acrostichoides

Common name: Christmas Fern

Native plant

Polystichum acrostichoides has the common name Chistmas Fern because it stays green right through the holiday season. It is a hardy, leathery fern that has glossy, green fronds year-round. They grow in clusters from a crownless rootstock and range from 1-2 ft. The silvery fiddleheads emerge in early spring. This fern is very easy to grow where conditions are right. It requires cool, moist, well-drained soil in shade. In the right spot, it can be a good, evergreen border or accent plant.


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Price Level: 
Perennial- Specialty Species Tier 2
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 18 (pints)
1 Gallon

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry)

Light exposure

High Canopy Shade (Usually from oaks), Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Requires Protected Site



Growth form


Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
1 Feet
Mature width
2 Feet
Max height
2 Feet
Max width
4 Feet

Additional information

Retains leaves in winter

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