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Makinoi’s holly fern

Polystichum makinoi

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This evergreen terrestial fern has a somewhat formal look due to its satiny olive-green fronds and neat, arching habit.

CareFertile, humusy, well-drained soil in partial to full shade. Remove dead fronds as needed before new ones unfurl.

PropagationDivide in spring. Sow spores at 59° to 61°F when ripe. Detach fronds with bulbils in fall.


  • Genus : Polystichum
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage

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