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Polystichum acrostichoides

Christmas fern

Height
Spread
Growth
habit
3-9
1-2'
1-2'
Form                           Lifecycle              Hardiness zone*
Vase-shaped Clumps
Fern
Semi-evergreen

APPEARANCE
Bloom time
Bloom color
January-December
Violet/ pinkish
Evergreen leaf
USE FOR
Seasonal interest
ENVIRONMENT
Terminal clusters
Light
Water
Soil
Soil pH
Loam, Sand
Acidic
Soil Preference
Dry to moist, well-drianed, organically rich
HABITAT & NATIVE RANGE
Dry to moist wooded stream banks and slopes, swamps and thickets
North East US to Texas and Minnesota
ENVIRONMENTAL TOLERANCE
Heavy shade, Drought, Erosion, Shallow-rocky soil, Dry Soil
BROWSE TOLERANCE
Heavy shade, Drought, Erosion, Shallow-rocky soil, Dry Soil
Tolerance to browse by animals typically happens once plants are established. Young plants may still be quite susceptible.
SUGGESTED MAINTENANCE & COMMON PROBLEMS
Divide every 2-3 years, don't add thick mulch as will cause rot
COMPANION PLANTS
Seersucker Sedge,White wood aster,Wild blue phlox,Red trillium
COMPANION TREES & SHRUBS
NOTES
Can tolerate some sun but will get stressed with too much

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