Cyrtomium falcatum ‘Rochfordianum’

Rochford's holly fern

Outstanding Qualities

The bold evergreen leaves of Japanese holly fern are great for creating a textural contrast in the garden. This shade loving fern has bold dark-green glossy leaves with deeply cut or lacerate margins adding to the textural interest in a woodland landscape. The leathery foliage catches the eye especially when combined with fine textured ferns. The lighter green of this fern help make dark shady areas seem a little brighter. Try combinations with other shade lovers, such as Pulmonaria, Epimedium or Brunnera.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: silver, bronze, burgundy

Great Color Partners: dark green, chartreuse

Culture Notes

Holly ferns are easy to grow and thrive in all types of shade. They tolerate morning sun, but too much sun or short periods of hot afternoon sun can yellow and burn the foliage. Provide regular water during dry weather and plant in a rich moist or well-drained soil with plenty of compost. This evergreen fern will look weathered by late winter and should be cut to the ground in January or February to make way for the fresh foliage of spring.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: fern

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 10

Sun/Light Exposure: light, open, or dappled shade

Water Requirements: regular watering