Polystichium polyblepharum

Japanese tassel fern

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial


Dramatic foliage



Skill level


Polystichum blepharum

Plant details

Polystichium polyblepharum is an evergreen fern, bearing stiff, erect, lance-shaped fronds, resembling a shuttlecock. It's perfect for providing all-year round interest for a shady, well-drained mixed border, and it looks fantastic after a frost.

For best results grow Polystichium polyblepharum in a dry shady spot in the garden, or in a container. It requires little maintenance.

Family: Dryopteridaceae

Genus: Polystichium

Species: polyblepharum

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 70cm

Spread: 90cm

Reader reviews


Good architectural plant. Looks after itself with very little maintenance. I have mine with a couple of other ferns under the dappled shade of an alner tree.

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