Polystichum are mainly evergreen or semi-evergreen ferns and are a valuable plant when needing some structure and cover in the winter months. The foliage has a long season of interest and with differing heights Polystichum can be used in a variety of different areas.
Polystichum are easy to grow with minimum fuss needed to keep them happy and healthy. The central growth forms a rosette shaped clump in moist soil and dappled shade. New foliage tends to appear light green and epitomises the bright green growth that is associated with spring.
Making a statement on site and in your next design:
Polystichum polyblepharum. A popular choice with erect hairy fronds and glossy upperside to the foliage. Height 80cm
Polytichum setiferum Congestum. A compact fern with congested fronds as the name suggests. Ideal for use at the front of a border. Height 30cm
Polytichum setiferum Herrenhausen. Neatly toothed dark green fronds that are more serrated than type. Once the frond is uncurled the end remains curled with a knot of decorative white hairs. A perfect backdrop for other plants. Height 60cm
Polytichum setiferum Plumosum Densum. Finely divided and heavily congested pinnae. Height 45cm
Polystichum polyblepharum Polytichum setiferum Herrenhausen