Polystichum setiferum 'Herrenhausen'

Soft shield fern

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Plant type

Hardy perennial


Dramatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

The soft fronds of this evergreen fern form a 'shuttlecock' that enlivens woodland plantings. It looks particularly attractive planted in groups and makes the ideal companion to other shade-lovers like hellebores and hostas. Ferns benefit from humus-rich, well-drained soil. Get plants off to a good start by incorporating organic matter into the planting hole. Remove spent fronds regularly, and divide plants in spring.

Family: Dryopteridaceae

Genus: Polystichum

Species: setiferum

Cultivar: Herrenhausen

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 50cm

Spread: 90cm

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