Hard Shield Fern

Polystichum aculeatum

SKU
03646
A spreading fern for woodland settings. Bears bright yellowish green fronds in spring that mature to glossy forest green. Ideal plant under shade trees or to cover exposed areas between shrubs. Perfect between boulders in naturalistic water features.
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Average Size at MaturityVigorous grower 1 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorDark Green
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseWoodland Garden
Light NeedsFull shade, Partial shade
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureGift Plant, Shade Loving
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsKeep soil surface moist, but not soggy.

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed frequently during growing season with a general purpose fertilizer. Cut back old fronds after new growth begins in spring.

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