Christmas Fern

Polystichum acrostichoides

native


Other Names:
Holly Fern, Shield Fern, Sword Fern, Dagger Fern


The Christmas Fern is found throughout Virginia and is one of the most common ferns in the eastern United States. This perennial evergreen fern grows within moist and shady areas in forests, on rocky slopes, and on stream banks. It gets its name because it has fronds which often are still green in December around Christmas. The genus Polystichos means "many in a row", a reference to the spore cases being in a row.

Identification Tools

Illinois Wildflowers Friends of the Wildflower Garden Minnesota Wildflowers Connecticut Botanical Society

Ranges

North America Virginia

Christmas Fern
A whole plant

Christmas Fern
A whole plant

Christmas Fern
Frond details
Christmas Fern
Frond details

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