Polystichum setiferum

Polystichum setiferum

Soft shield fern

Key Information

  • Botanical name: Polystichum setiferum
  • Common name: Soft shield fern
  • Plant type: Perennial
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 1.2m

Spread: 1m

  • Features: Dramatic foliage

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Polystichum setiferum is a large, British native evergreen fern, bearing soft, dark green fronds that emerge upright before unfurling and falling open. It works well among other shade-loving plants such as Solomon's seal and hostas, and it contrasts well with glossy, hardy ferns such as Asplenium scolopendrium.

Grow Polystichum setiferum in moist but well-drained soil in partial shade. Cut plants back in winter to create space for spring bulbs, or leave in place until April when new fronds appear.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade, Partial shade
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing
  • Position in border: Front, Middle
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

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Prune
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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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