Polystichum acrostichoides

Christmas fern



Use this link to get more info about this plant from the USF Institute for Systematic Botany

Plant Specifics

Form: fern
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: to 2.5 ft    Width: 1-2 ft
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Treasure if you have it. Good for rock gardens and shade gardens as an understory plant.
Considerations: Benefits from periodic removal of old frones.
Propagation: Does not spread vegetatively; rare spread from spores.
Availability: Specialty providers
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Soil or other substrate: Sand, lime rock
Soil pH Range: Circum-neutral to calcareous.


Native Habitats: Rocky hammocks and margins of swamps.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in: