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Polystichum tsussimense

Holly fern

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Clive Nichols, copyright GAP Photos (82681)

Plant details

Holly ferns are one of the hardiest ferns around and are ideal for evergreen colour in shady spots in the garden. This particular species is neat and lowgrowing, and has evergreen, pale green fronds with dark veins and stems. The leaves acquire a silvery sheen as they age, but this simply adds to the plant's interest. To grow successfully, the plant need partial to almost full shade in moist soil with good drainage. This native of the Far East, is becoming rare in the wild due to over-collection by plant growers, so check with retailers that the plant has been grown legitimately and not taken from the wild.

Genus: Polystichum

Species: tsussimense

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 50cm

Spread: 50cm


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