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Polystichum setiferum 'Plumosodivisilobum Group'

Soft shield fern

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Feature

Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Jonathan Buckley, copyright GAP Photos (97903)

Plant details

The distinctive shaggy, moss texture and neat habit of growth sets this variety of soft shield fern apart. Young plants have a shuttlecock shape but, as clumps build up, the shapes overlap so the impression is more of a mossy mound. This is a superb textural plant that contrasts well with glossy, hardy ferns such as Asplenium scolopendrium, and other striking shapes such as Solomon's seal and hostas. Plants are surprisingly drought-tolerant, although they dislike direct sun.

Family: Dryopteridaceae

Genus: Polystichum

Species: setiferum

Cultivar: Plumosodivisilobum Group

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: March to May


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