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christmas dagger (Polystichum)
Christmas dagger are ancient plants that can be found growing in tropical and mild temperate regions worldwide. Their interesting fronds are lance-shaped and often arranged in a unique shuttlecock or vase-like form. Several species are grown as ornamentals in gardens or used as houseplants. Some species are attractive food sources for larvae of butterflies and moths.
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Perennial
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Herb/Vine
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Attributes of christmas dagger

Plant Height
1.2 m
Spread
1 m
Leaf type
Evergreen

Scientific Classification of christmas dagger

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Distribution of christmas dagger

Distribution Map of christmas dagger

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Cultivated
Invasive
Potentially invasive
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Exploring the christmas dagger Plants

8 most common species:
Polystichum acrostichoides
Christmas fern
A native of the Eastern part of North America, christmas fern can be found in wooded areas and streambanks. It enjoys a slightly shady habitat and, while Polystichum acrostichoides can grow in colonies, it can also be found singly. The common name of Polystichum acrostichoides is due to the fact that the evergreen fronds are often still green at Christmastime.
Polystichum munitum
Western swordfern
The Polystichum munitum, western swordfern, or Pineland Swordfern grows in large clumps resembling the top of a palm tree. Dark green fronds grow three to six feet tall. This North America native prefers part to full shade and moist soil.
Polystichum setiferum
Soft shield fern
Soft shield fern has soft-textured foliage that makes this evergreen fern a very popular ornamental plant. It's cultivated worldwide as a garden ornamental and it prefers moist but well-drained soil.
Polystichum polyblepharum
Korean tasselfern
The spreading lance-shaped fronds of korean tasselfern have been described as resembling a shuttlecock when in season. It is noted for the golden hairs that are found on new fronds as they unfurl; these new fronds resemble a tassel, hence the common name of ‘tassel fern.’
Polystichum braunii
Braun's Holly Fern
Braun's Holly Fern grows easily in moist, shady woods. The plant is native to certain northern areas of North America. Its scientific name, *Polystichum braunii*, combines the Greek words "*polys*" and "*stochos*", meaning "many" and "in a row", because its spore cases are in rows.
Polystichum tripteron
Trifid holly fern
Trifid holly fern are ancient plants that can be found growing in tropical and mild temperate regions worldwide. Their interesting fronds are lance-shaped and often arranged in a unique shuttlecock or vase-like form. Several species are grown as ornamentals in gardens or used as houseplants. Some species are attractive food sources for larvae of butterflies and moths.
Polystichum vestitum
Prickly shield fern
Prickly shield fern is named after its prominent scales on the stems (in the Latin name Polystichum vestitum vestitum means "covered, clothed", referring to its scales). Prickly shield fern is a host plant for a number of insects such as moths and aphids. Though very common within its native range, the species is considered endangered in Tasmania.
Polystichum retrosopaleaceum
Scaly holly fern
Scaly holly fern are ancient plants that can be found growing in tropical and mild temperate regions worldwide. Their interesting fronds are lance-shaped and often arranged in a unique shuttlecock or vase-like form. Several species are grown as ornamentals in gardens or used as houseplants. Some species are attractive food sources for larvae of butterflies and moths.

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Christmas fern
Polystichum acrostichoides
Christmas fern
A native of the Eastern part of North America, christmas fern can be found in wooded areas and streambanks. It enjoys a slightly shady habitat and, while Polystichum acrostichoides can grow in colonies, it can also be found singly. The common name of Polystichum acrostichoides is due to the fact that the evergreen fronds are often still green at Christmastime.
Western swordfern
Polystichum munitum
Western swordfern
The Polystichum munitum, western swordfern, or Pineland Swordfern grows in large clumps resembling the top of a palm tree. Dark green fronds grow three to six feet tall. This North America native prefers part to full shade and moist soil.
Soft shield fern
Polystichum setiferum
Soft shield fern
Soft shield fern has soft-textured foliage that makes this evergreen fern a very popular ornamental plant. It's cultivated worldwide as a garden ornamental and it prefers moist but well-drained soil.
Korean tasselfern
Polystichum polyblepharum
Korean tasselfern
The spreading lance-shaped fronds of korean tasselfern have been described as resembling a shuttlecock when in season. It is noted for the golden hairs that are found on new fronds as they unfurl; these new fronds resemble a tassel, hence the common name of ‘tassel fern.’
Braun's Holly Fern
Polystichum braunii
Braun's Holly Fern
Braun's Holly Fern grows easily in moist, shady woods. The plant is native to certain northern areas of North America. Its scientific name, *Polystichum braunii*, combines the Greek words "*polys*" and "*stochos*", meaning "many" and "in a row", because its spore cases are in rows.
Trifid holly fern
Polystichum tripteron
Trifid holly fern
Trifid holly fern are ancient plants that can be found growing in tropical and mild temperate regions worldwide. Their interesting fronds are lance-shaped and often arranged in a unique shuttlecock or vase-like form. Several species are grown as ornamentals in gardens or used as houseplants. Some species are attractive food sources for larvae of butterflies and moths.
Prickly shield fern
Polystichum vestitum
Prickly shield fern
Prickly shield fern is named after its prominent scales on the stems (in the Latin name Polystichum vestitum vestitum means "covered, clothed", referring to its scales). Prickly shield fern is a host plant for a number of insects such as moths and aphids. Though very common within its native range, the species is considered endangered in Tasmania.
Scaly holly fern
Polystichum retrosopaleaceum
Scaly holly fern
Scaly holly fern are ancient plants that can be found growing in tropical and mild temperate regions worldwide. Their interesting fronds are lance-shaped and often arranged in a unique shuttlecock or vase-like form. Several species are grown as ornamentals in gardens or used as houseplants. Some species are attractive food sources for larvae of butterflies and moths.
Polystichum craspedosorum
Polystichum craspedosorum
Polystichum craspedosorum
Polystichum craspedosorum are ancient plants that can be found growing in tropical and mild temperate regions worldwide. Their interesting fronds are lance-shaped and often arranged in a unique shuttlecock or vase-like form. Several species are grown as ornamentals in gardens or used as houseplants. Some species are attractive food sources for larvae of butterflies and moths.
Soft shield fern 'Herrenhausen'
Polystichum setiferum 'Herrenhausen'
Soft shield fern 'Herrenhausen'
Soft shield fern 'Herrenhausen' is named for the acclaimed landscaped Herrenhausen Gardens at Herrenhausen Palace in Hanover, Germany. This is a hardy fern that grows lance-shaped leaves up to 1 m in height, which is a little shorter than the 1.2 m of the parent fern.
Polystichum lepidocaulon
Polystichum lepidocaulon
Polystichum lepidocaulon
Polystichum lepidocaulon are ancient plants that can be found growing in tropical and mild temperate regions worldwide. Their interesting fronds are lance-shaped and often arranged in a unique shuttlecock or vase-like form. Several species are grown as ornamentals in gardens or used as houseplants. Some species are attractive food sources for larvae of butterflies and moths.
Polystichum stenophyllum
Polystichum stenophyllum
Polystichum stenophyllum
Polystichum stenophyllum are ancient plants that can be found growing in tropical and mild temperate regions worldwide. Their interesting fronds are lance-shaped and often arranged in a unique shuttlecock or vase-like form. Several species are grown as ornamentals in gardens or used as houseplants. Some species are attractive food sources for larvae of butterflies and moths.
Polystichum orbiculatum
Polystichum orbiculatum
Polystichum orbiculatum
Polystichum orbiculatum are ancient plants that can be found growing in tropical and mild temperate regions worldwide. Their interesting fronds are lance-shaped and often arranged in a unique shuttlecock or vase-like form. Several species are grown as ornamentals in gardens or used as houseplants. Some species are attractive food sources for larvae of butterflies and moths.
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Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
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Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
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Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
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Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
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Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
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Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
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Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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Polystichum
Christmas dagger are ancient plants that can be found growing in tropical and mild temperate regions worldwide. Their interesting fronds are lance-shaped and often arranged in a unique shuttlecock or vase-like form. Several species are grown as ornamentals in gardens or used as houseplants. Some species are attractive food sources for larvae of butterflies and moths.
Lifespan
Lifespan
Perennial
Plant Type
Plant Type
Herb/Vine
info

Key Facts About christmas dagger

Attributes of christmas dagger

Plant Height
1.2 m
Spread
1 m
Leaf type
Evergreen

Scientific Classification of christmas dagger

distribution

Distribution of christmas dagger

Distribution Map of christmas dagger

distribution map
Native
Cultivated
Invasive
Potentially invasive
Exotic
No species reported
species

Exploring the christmas dagger Plants

8 most common species:
Polystichum acrostichoides
Christmas fern
A native of the Eastern part of North America, christmas fern can be found in wooded areas and streambanks. It enjoys a slightly shady habitat and, while Polystichum acrostichoides can grow in colonies, it can also be found singly. The common name of Polystichum acrostichoides is due to the fact that the evergreen fronds are often still green at Christmastime.
Polystichum munitum
Western swordfern
The Polystichum munitum, western swordfern, or Pineland Swordfern grows in large clumps resembling the top of a palm tree. Dark green fronds grow three to six feet tall. This North America native prefers part to full shade and moist soil.
Polystichum setiferum
Soft shield fern
Soft shield fern has soft-textured foliage that makes this evergreen fern a very popular ornamental plant. It's cultivated worldwide as a garden ornamental and it prefers moist but well-drained soil.
Polystichum polyblepharum
Korean tasselfern
The spreading lance-shaped fronds of korean tasselfern have been described as resembling a shuttlecock when in season. It is noted for the golden hairs that are found on new fronds as they unfurl; these new fronds resemble a tassel, hence the common name of ‘tassel fern.’
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All Species of christmas dagger

popular genus

More Popular Genus

Dracaena
Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
Ficus
Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
Rubus
Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
Acer
Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
Solanum
Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
Rosa
Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
Quercus
Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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