The Evergreen Christmas Ferns Offer Year-Round Greenery
Christmas ferns (Polystichum acrostichoides) are a type of fern that is native to eastern North America. They are called "Christmas ferns" because their evergreen fronds remain green throughout the winter, making them a popular choice for holiday decorations.
Christmas Fern Growth
Christmas ferns typically grow about 1 to 2 feet tall and wide. They prefer to grow in partial to full shade and in well-drained soil rich in organic matter. These ferns can tolerate a range of soil types, from sandy to clay soils.
The fronds of Christmas ferns are pinnate, dividing them into leaflets along a central axis. The leaflets are generally about 2 to 4 inches long and have a leathery texture.
Christmas Fern Appearance
The fronds arise from a central crown and spread outward, forming a clump over time.
Christmas ferns are a popular landscaping plant, and they are often used in woodland gardens, shaded borders, and as ground cover. They are also a favorite of gardeners because they are relatively low-maintenance and can be propagated by dividing the crowns in the spring.
I planted my Christmas fern as soon as it came in the mail, and then I waited. After a couple of weeks, I saw some green showing up. Now there are some tiny fiddle heads and a small frond or two. All looks well so far, if it will keep growing like this.