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.
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Foliage colour: Dark green
Feature: Dramatic foliage
Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist
Skill level: Beginner
Time to divide plants: March to May
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