Cyrtomium is a genus native to Southeast Asia and has about a dozen species. They are easy to grow, tolerating the sun and drought, can be grown outside in temperate climates or can acclimatise as an indoor house plant.
Cyrtomium falcatum is native to Japan and has leaves as tough as a holly, but they don't prick. Unsurprisingly, common names are house holly-fern and Japanese holly fern!
This fern forms an upright clump with pinnate fronds rising up to 60 cm - 90 cm in height. It can naturalise by spontaneous seeding in coastal regions.
Evergreen winter foliage in temperate climates (to approx. -5°C ), deciduous in continental zones (but can be hardy to -15 °C). It goes well with other ericaceous soil plants (rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, etc.) and partial shade perennials: Helleborus, Brunnera, Primula, etc.
Grow in indirect sunlight to deep shade, in humus-rich, slightly acid and well-drained (gravelly) soil, sheltered from cold winds. It will resist competition from roots of other plants.
Protect in regions with harsh winters with a bracken mulch!
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- 0,7 litre pot
- Hardiness zones : zone 8-10
- Height: 70 to 100cm
- Plant spacing: 60 cm
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