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Polystichum setiferum (Soft shield fern)

Skill rating
Advanced
skill rating
Maintenance level
2 hours care
per year
Ultimate height
1.5m
Max height
Ultimate spread
1m
Max spread
Time to maturity
5-10 years
To maturity

Botanical name: Polystichum setiferum

Other names: Soft shield fern

Genus: Polystichum

Species: P. setiferum - P. setiferum is a soft evergreen fern with lance-shaped fronds, and prominent orange-brown scales.


Polystichum setiferum is: Evergreen

Flower: Insignificant or absent in All seasons

Foliage: Dark-green in Summer

Habit: Clump-forming, Spreading

Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

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General care

Pruning: Remove dead or damaged fronds.. REGISTER to read more...

Propagation methods: Division, Spores. REGISTER to read more...


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Polystichum setiferum (Soft shield fern) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 1m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses: Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Underplanting, Wildflower, Foliage only

Cultivation: Plant in a most cool, moist, lightly shaded site or full sun if given plenty of moisture. Tolerant of dry shade but water regularly in their first season and mulch well.

Soil type: Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light: Full Shade, Partial Shade

Aspect: North, South, East, West

Exposure: Sheltered, Exposed

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)


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