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Plant Habit: Fern
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 12 to 24 inches (30-61cm)
Plant Spread: 12 to 24 inches (30-61cm)
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Division

Photo Courtesy of Homestead Farms Nursery. Used with Permission.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 17, 2012 10:53 AM

Sunlight Gardens: Quite common in the woods of eastern North America, Christmas Fern occurs where the soil is rich but well-drained. It looks like an upright deep green Boston Fern with fronds up to 24 inches long. The shiny leaves are evergreen and form neat clumps. This is a good one for shady foundation plantings. And once established, Christmas Fern is quite drought tolerant.

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Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Oct 27, 2018 6:40 PM

A neighbor gave me a start of this nice looking fern a few years ago. I planted it in a dappled sun location under a tree off my patio that gets regular watering. In 2 years it took over that whole flowerbed and became a nuisance, as some plants do. I decided to pull it all up and keep a plant growing only in a pot. Well it's 2 years since then and I found a couple of small plants there again this summer, I think from rootstock that survived 2 winters hidden under leaf mulch.. They have been relocated with the others in a larger pot for safekeeping.

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