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Soft Shield Fern

Polystichum setiferum

Pronunciation: pol-LIST-ik-um say-TI-fe-rum
SKU #03649

Good to grow! 8

Description Outstanding foliage for shade, with feathery, dark green fronds that look tropical but are actually hardy! The perfect contrast to bold-leaved plants. Naturalizes well in cool woodland settings, adapting well to dry shade conditions when established. Semi-evergreen.
Light Full shade
Watering Keep soil moist, but not soggy.
Blooms Prized for foliage.
Mature Size Moderate growing; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, spreading wider.
Deciduous/Evergreen Semi-Evergreen
Special Features Easy Care, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Non-toxic to Cats and Dogs
Growth Rate Moderate
Growth Habit Upright
Landscape Use Border, Ground Cover
Design Ideas This is an excellent hardy Fern that takes colder climates by dying back with frost. Plant under trees, in dark corners and shaded alcoves. Also works well in light-challenged atriums and courtyards. As a North American native, it's the perfect easy Fern for woodland and wild gardens.
Foliage Color Green
Companion Plants Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum); Columbine (Aquilegia); Hosta (Hosta); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)
Care Easily grown in fertile, humusy, well-drained soils. Water regularly during the first growing season to establish root system. Once established, prefers evenly moist but not soggy soils; tolerates drier conditions. Feed regularly during growing season. Cut back old, faded fronds when new growth begins to emerge in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9

USDA Cold Hardiness Zone Map

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 8

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