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ferns are popular because they are one of the few ferns that
will stay green all winter long. The Christmas fern serves as
a wonderful host for butterfly larvae. Being an evergreen fern,
the Christmas fern will add color to a garden all year round,
and the fronds of the plant are often given at Christmas time,
as the name suggests.
ferns occur in both dry and moist wooded areas, moist banks
and ravines. These asymmetrical ferns have a fine texture
and a dense crown, which will sprout new fiddleheads in the
springtime. Christmas ferns prefer partial shade, but will
tolerate a fair amount of direct sunlight, as long as the
soil is kept moist to prevent the plant from drying out.
ferns will propagate best by dividing the clump of roots into
several smaller plants in the spring. The rhizomes must be
planted just below the surface of the soil to ensure their
continued growth. There are no serious problems with pests
involving Christmas ferns.
Christmas fern will be hardy in zones four through nine. Found
mostly in woodlands, Christmas ferns should be placed in a garden
in masses, or added to shade beds for year round color and contrasts
with other perennials. Christmas ferns serve as excellent erosion
control, as they prefer the lower parts of woodland hillsides
and stream banks.