1606 N 600 Rd, Baldwin City, 66006

Christmas fern

Polystichum acrostichoides

Stays green through the holidays, hence the name. This hardy, leathery fern has glossy green fronds year-round in clusters from 1-2′ tall. Silvery fiddleheads emerge in early spring. Very easy to establish and grow in moist, well-drained soil in shade. In the right spot, it can be a good, evergreen border or accent plant. Though often used as a groundcover, it is a clumping fern.

Native to eastern North America, from Nova Scotia west to Minnesota and south to Florida and eastern Texas.