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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

QUESTION:

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?

ANSWER:

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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