Soft Shield Fern

Polystichum setiferum

Soft Shield Fern - Polystichum setiferum

Common Name: Soft Shield Fern
Genus: Polystichum
Species: setiferum

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

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.20 m (120 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shade or Deep shadeSpread: 0.90 m (90 cm)

Foliage Type: Evergreen
Foliage Colour: Green

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

This large evergreen fern is a native of Britain with soft, dark green fronds that emerge upright before unfurling and falling softly open. Try it among other foliage plants at the front of a shady, well-drained border or beneath deciduous trees. Either cut back the old foliage in early January to allow space for spring bulbs or leave them in place until April when the new fronds appear.

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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