This fern can be easily identified by its dark green pinnae with an almost leathery appearance, in late spring/early summer the underside of fertile fronds produce dark brown to bright orange spores with which the plant is able to reproduce.
This fern is an evergreen - sterile fronds and non-fertile portions of fertile fronds remain green through the winter, although they are often flattened by snow.
Some say the name Christmas Fern comes from the shape of the fern's pinnae (individual leaf on the fern) saying it resembles that of a Christmas stocking.
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Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who spends her time exploring and learning about the unique history and nature in North East Ohio. She lives with her fiancé and cat in Wooster where she also works at a bookstore and grows and cans her own vegetables. When she's not doing that, yoga and embroidery (not at the same time) are other things she enjoys.