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Braun’s Holly Fern

Scientific name

Polystichum braunii


The Braun's Holly Fern is a large fern that can grow up to 1 m in height. It has long dark fronds that can reach up to 1 m long and is twice compound. The pinnules (segment of the frond) are toothed with bristle tips. The pinnules have two rows of circular spores that ripen to a grey, brown, or black colour by mid-summer.

Planting conditions

Braun's Holly Fern grows best in normal to moist soil. It can withstand dry conditions when established. It is often growing in boreal habitat; it may also be found on rocky outcrops and ravines. It is intolerant of alkaline pH levels and does best in shade or part shade.


  • Plant height:
    • Max 1.5m
    • Max 2m
    • Max 3m
    • Any
    • Over 3m
  • Moisture level:
    • Normal
    • Moist
  • Light conditions:
    • Partial sun
    • Shade
  • Soil type:
    • Sandy
    • Loamy
    • Humus
    • Rocky
  • pH:
    • Acidic
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Potted
  • Eco Zone:
    • 4a
    • 4b
    • 5a
    • 5b
    • 6a
    • 6b
    • 7a
    • 7b
    • 8a
    • 8b
    • 9a
  • Plant type:
    • Fern
  • Height:
    • 1 m
  • Spread:
    • 60 cm