Cyrtomium falcatum

Holly fern

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The clump-forming Holly fern has large, dark green, shiny fronds with several pairs of holly-shaped leaflets that give the name its common name. Like most ferns, it grows best in rock gardens, woodland or wild gardens where it can hide in shady spots and sinks its roots into damp, moist soil. However, it's a tougher fern than many of its woodland cousins and does surprisingly well when grown in pots, even tolerating full sun if the soil is kept well watered. It looks particularly good when used on semi-shaded patios or under pergolas. Unlike many ferns, it will stay evergreen all year round, although in cooler areas or those prone to pockets of sharp frost, it's advisable to protect the plant's crown with a layer of mulch over the winter.

Genus: Cyrtomium

Species: falcatum

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 60cm

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