Fern 'Christmas'

Grower's Comments: Can take some sun if moisture levels are maintainted

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4 - 9

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Evergreen and perennial

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FUN FACTS

The common name refers to the practice of gathering the evergreen leaves during Christmas time as a holiday decorations.

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SizePrice
1 gallon$11.00

Christmas ferns are popular because they are one of the few ferns that will stay green all winter long. The Christmas fern serves as a wonderful host for butterfly larvae. Being an evergreen fern, the Christmas fern will add color to a garden all year round, and the fronds of the plant are often given at Christmas time, as the name suggests.

Christmas ferns occur in both dry and moist wooded areas, moist banks and ravines. These asymmetrical ferns have a fine texture and a dense crown, which will sprout new fiddleheads in the springtime. Christmas ferns prefer partial shade, but will tolerate a fair amount of direct sunlight, as long as the soil is kept moist to prevent the plant from drying out.

The Christmas fern will be hardy in zones four through nine. Found mostly in woodlands, Christmas ferns should be placed in a garden in masses, or added to shade beds for year round color and contrasts with other perennials. Christmas ferns serve as excellent erosion control, as they prefer the lower parts of woodland hillsides and stream banks.