Polystichum setiferum (Plumosomultilobum Group) 'Plumosomultilobum Densum'
soft shield fern 'Plumosomultilobum Densum'
A semi-evergreen to evergreen, clump-forming fern, with a spreading ‘shuttlecock’ habit and delicate, overlapping fronds with overlapping ‘leaflets’, giving a densely feathery appearance.
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Ultimate height0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height2–5 years
Ultimate spread0.1–0.5 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained
pHNeutral, Acid, Alkaline
Colour & scent
- Full shade
- Partial shade
West–facing or East–facing or North–facing
- Native to the UK
- Semi evergreen or Evergreen
- Clump forming
Polystichum are mostly evergreen or semi-evergreen ferns, with short stout rhizomes and pinnately divided fronds in neat shuttlecock-like rosettes
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How to grow
Grow in a moist but free draining soil in partial shade. Can tolerate sun if the soil remains moist. See how to grow ferns for further advice
Propagate by division
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Cottage and informal garden
- Low Maintenance
- Flower borders and beds
- Underplanting of roses and shrubs
No pruning required
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