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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
soft shield fern
Polystichum setiferum angulare Polystichum setiferum bulbosum
Polystichum are mostly evergreen or semi-evergreen ferns, with short stout rhizomes and pinnately divided fronds in neat shuttlecock-like rosettes
P. setiferum is a tufted evergreen fern to 1.2m in height, with rosettes of soft textured, lance-shaped mid-green fronds, the stalks with prominent orange-brown scales
SW & C Europe
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
MoistureMoist but well-drained
SoilLoam, Chalk, Sand, Clay
pHAcid, Neutral, Alkaline
Time to ultimate height
Easy to grow in most cool, fertile, moist, humus-rich, shaded soils. Protect crowns from excessive winter wet
Propagate by sowing spores as soon as ripe, division of rhizomes in spring or by bulbils in autumn
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds Low Maintenance Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs
Cottage & Informal Garden Wildflower meadow
Pruning Dead or damaged fronds may be removed as necessary
Pests Generally pest free outdoors
Generally disease free
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soft shield fern
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