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Japanese holly fern

Cyrtomium falcatum

Aptly named, Japanese holly fern produces fronds that do indeed resemble holly leaves with their glossy, deep green leathery appearance.

It needs moist but well-drained soil in a protected location to thrive. The plant is evergreen in warm climates, but drops its leaves or dies back to the ground in colder areas.

It also makes for a good houseplant in climates where it isn't hardy.


Part Sun, Shade


1 to 3 feet


18-24 inches wide

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Japanese holly fern
Japanese holly fern
Cyrtomium falcatum offers shiny, rich green fronds and grows 2 feet tall. Zones 6-10
Rochford Japanese holly fern
Rochford Japanese holly fern
Cyrtomium falcatum 'Rochfordianum' has deeply incised, glossy green fronds with sickle-shape pinnae (leaflets). Zones 6-10

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