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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


Polystichum setiferum (Divisilobum Group)

Plant details

Ferns enjoy a moist, shady spot in the garden. Polystichum setiferum (Divisilobum Group) contrasts well with glossy, hardy ferns such as Asplenium scolopendrium, and other striking shapes such as Solomon's seal and hostas. It produces green lance-shaped fronds that are finely divided and bear dark orange scales.

Family: Dryopteridaceae

Genus: Polystichum

Species: setiferum

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: 60cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

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