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Cyrtomium falcatum (Fern, Holly)

Fern, Holly

Cyrtomium falcatum

Holly Fern is an evergreen fern that brings elegance and vibrancy to shaded gardens and landscapes. With its glossy, dark green fronds resembling holly leaves, this popular fern species adds a touch of sophistication to any setting. Growing in a compact rosette shape and reaching a moderate height of 1 to 2 feet, Holly Fern is well-suited for various garden arrangements.

Thriving in partial shade or shaded locations, Holly Fern is an ideal choice for areas with limited direct sunlight. Its glossy fronds not only enhance its visual appeal but also create interesting interplay with light in shaded environments. This fern prefers moist, well-draining soil and can adapt to different soil types, such as loamy, sandy, or clay soils. Regular watering is important to maintain soil moisture, while avoiding overwatering to prevent root rot.

Versatile in landscaping, Holly Fern can be used as a striking standalone specimen or planted in groups to add texture and visual interest to shaded gardens or woodland settings. It can also function as an attractive groundcover, filling bare patches with its lush, green foliage. With low maintenance requirements, Holly Fern is an excellent choice for those seeking an elegant and resilient fern species that thrives in shaded conditions.

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Understory
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Height

2 Feet

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Spread

2 Feet


USDA Hardiness Zone 6a

Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Tolerance
High
Exposure
Part Shade to Full Shade
Habit
Evergreen
Water Needs
Medium