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Polystichum acrostichoides

Common Name(s):
Christmas fern
Categories:
Ferns, Native Plants
Comment:

Easy to grow; tolerates a range of site conditions including dry shade and sun with adequate moisture; slender, creeping rhizome, branched with multiple crowns. This plant is seldom damaged by deer.

Height:
12-36 in.
Zones:
3-9
Habit:
Evergreen
Fronds:
Tufted circular clump of stiff, deep green fronds; blade is once-pinnate, lance shaped broadest at the base; fertile fronds are taller, more rigid, more erect, constricted at tip and die in winter; sterile fronds are smaller and less erect and remain evergreen; pinnae are auricled with marginal bristle teeth; stipe and rachis are scaly; short stipe is green but brown at base; yellow spored sori occur only on terminal one third of the frond
Tags:
deer resistant, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 219

Polystichum acrostichoides Polystichum acrostichoides
Photo by Suzanned Cadwell, CC BY-NC-2.0
Polystichum acrostichoides P. acrostichoides frond detail
Photo by Cranbrook Science, CC BY - 2.0
Polystichum acrostichoides P. acrostichoides with fiddleheads
Photo by Suzanne Cadwell, CC BY-NC-2.0