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Polystichum setiferum 'Divisilobum Group'

Soft shield fern

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial


Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Matt Anker, copyright GAP Photos (195067)

Plant details

This is a superb fern for textural plants that contrast well with glossy, hardy ferns such as Asplenium scolopendrium, and other striking shapes such as Solomon's seal and hostas. It has longer, leathery fronds than that of Plumosodivisilobum Group and often forms bulbils down the frond midrib. Plants enjoy a moist, shady spot in the garden.

Family: Dryopteridaceae

Genus: Polystichum

Species: setiferum

Cultivar: Divisilobum Group

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 65cm

Spread: 65cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

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