Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides): Images

Date Location Notes Images
July 2, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire Merry Christmas Fern! It is a member of the Holly Fern genus (Polystichum). Some simple keys to identify this fern:
  • Leathery leaves.
  • Pinnately compound.
  • Pinnule (leafule) with triangular auricle at base.
  • Fertile pinnae (leaflets) on upper part of frond (leaf) and are much smaller than lower, non-fertile pinnae.
  • Sori covers fertile pinnae.
  • Two lowest pinnae often down-pointed.
  • Hairs/spines at tip of pinnule teeth.