Hard Shield Fern

Polystichum aculeatum

Hard Shield Fern - Polystichum aculeatum

Common Name: Hard Shield Fern
Genus: Polystichum
Species: aculeatum

Category: Ferns
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shade or Deep shadeSpread: 0.90 m (90 cm)

Foliage Type: Evergreen
Foliage Colour: Green

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

This evergreen fern is a native of Britain with lustrous long narrow dark green fronds forming a distinctive shuttlecock-like shape. It looks wonderful left to colonise in a woodland setting or under deciduous trees where it will provide interest all year round. The filigree-like foliage looks stunning when it is covered in frost.

Garden Care: Incorporate lots of well-rotted leaf mould composted pine needles or garden compost into the planting hole. Remove dead foliage in spring.


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