Japanese Holly Fern (Cyrtomium falcatum)

Japanese Holly Fern Plant Features

Japanese holly fern is a striking evergreen perennial that develops shiny, dark green fronds that add much-needed texture and color to shaded and woodland settings. The leathery foliage of Japanese holly fern will hold its shape even after a heavy downpour and is relatively deer resistant. This rugged fern also looks terrific in containers. In the southern part of its range, Japanese Holly fern will retain its color through the winter, staying evergreen. The plants grow 2 feet tall and wide. Hardy from zones 6-10

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Japanese Holly Fern Growing Instructions

Japanese Holly fern grows best in shade or partial shade in moist, but well-drained soil that's been enriched with plenty of organic matter. In Zone 6 and colder areas of Zone 7, it's best to plant Japanese Holly fern in a protected spot so the foliage isn't damaged by cold winter winds.

Japanese Holly fern is not recommended for human or animal consumption.
  • Water


  • Light

    Outside: Shade

  • Colors


  • Special Features

    Colorful foliage

    Deer/rabbit resistant

Complement your Japanese Holly Fern

Use Lamium as a ground cover near Japanese Holly fern. The two plants are a great pairing.

Hosta makes a great companion for any fern, especially Japanese Holly fern.

The large leaves and yellow flowers of Ligularia make it a great companion for Japanese Holly fern.