|| This is one of the few evergreen native ferns. Dark green new fronds in spring stand erect while last years fronds are laying in a horizontal position on the ground. During the spring the new fronds arch over and present themselves in a soft graceful manner. Along with its ability to tolerate drier conditions than most native ferns, this species is highly sought after for dry shade gardens. Christmas Fern has been used by the ruffed grouse for nesting in mountainous regions. The new fronds emerging in the spring have a silvery sheen. Mature size is 2'High x 3'Wide. It prefers moist to well drained shady areas, but can be found in rocky woods hillside, creek banks, and hammocks in swamps.