Tassel Fern

Polystichum polyblepharum

Lustrous shiny leaf fern adds an elegant look to shaded gardens. Dark green fronds are evenly colored with frosted reverse along a rusty brown stem. Particularly beautiful when fronds unfurl. A reliable fine textured fern for smaller settings to fill out scant plantings. Plant in masses for groundcover, particularly beautiful under flowering shrubs. Well sized for containers. Herbaceous. Shade or part shade. Slow growing to 2 feet tall and wide. Hardy.
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6 - 8

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Full shade, Partial shade

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.

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Botanical Pronunciationpol-LIST-ik-um pol-ee-BLEF-ar-um
Average Size at MaturitySlowly reaches only 2 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimePrized for foliage.
Design IdeasThe delicate, fine textured fronds on the Tassel Fern make it a great addition to a shady woodland setting. Create a Japanese Serenity Garden with mixed ferns, colored foliage trees, and reflectiing ponds. Plant in mass as a groundcover under flowering shrubs or in a container garden to be placed in light-challenged atriums and courtyards. Unfurling fronds add a hint of architectural flavor, making this a versatile plant in any shady area of your garden.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Woodland Garden, Urban Garden, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull shade, Partial shade
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Gift Plant, Naturalizes Well, Shade Loving, Tolerates Acidic Soil
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Key FeatureWoodland Garden Plant

Easily grown in fertile, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, water as needed to maintain consistent soil moisture. Fertilize periodically during growing season. Cut back old fronds when new growth begins in spring.

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