The Nature of Phenology 12/21/19: Christmas Fern

Producers: Hazel Stark & Joe Horn
Host: Hazel Stark

The urge that many of us have to bring evergreens indoors in late December is a tradition that not only pre-dates Christianity, but also has existed in many cultures around the world for centuries on the winter solstice. Polystichum acrostichoides, or Christmas fern as it is more commonly called, is an evergreen fern found from eastern Texas northeast through Maine and into Nova Scotia.

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