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Wednesday - May 20, 2009

From: Mabank, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Ferns
Title: Winter hardy fern for northeast Texas
Answered by: Nan Hampton


I am looking for a winter hardy fern to grown around my deck. The area would get some morning sun but afternoon shade. What do you suggest?


The only native fern for your area that is evergreen is Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern).  It grows in part shade (2 to 6 hours of sun per day) or shade (less than 2 hours sun per day).


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Christmas fern
Polystichum acrostichoides

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