The Christmas fern is a particularly accommodating garden plant. It is adapted to a wide range of conditions, from very dry to moist, and is hardy to Zone 3. The plant’s 1- to 2-foot fronds are dependably evergreen—hence the common name—but they lie flat on the ground through winter. Few hardy ferns have more beautiful deep, glossy green foliage.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsEvergreen; adaptable; glossy foliage
CareVery adaptable, but likes partial to full shade and fertile, humusy, well-drained soil.
PropagationSow spores at 59° to 61°F when ripe. Divide rhizomes in spring. Detach fronds bearing bulbils in autumn.
ProblemsInfrequent. Crown rot may occur in poorly drained soils.
- Genus : Polystichum
- Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
- Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
- Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
- Tolerance : Frost Tolerant
- Uses : Ground Covers, Shade
- Moisture : Medium Moisture
- Growth Rate : Moderate
- Maintenance : Moderate
- Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
- Plant Type : Perennials
- Characteristics : Showy Foliage