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Polystichum setiferum

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
pol-IS-tick-um seh-TIH-fer-um
Description

Polystichum setiferrum, commonly called Hedge Fern or Soft Shield Fern, does best grown in part to full shade in fertile, moist, well drained soil.  May remain evergreen in mild winter regions.

Crown rot may occur if soil is not well drained.

 

 

Cultivars:
Tags:
#evergreen#shade tolerant#woodland garden#accent plant#rabbit resistant#border plant#deer resistant#rock garden#container#ground cover#wild garden
Cultivars:
Tags:
#evergreen#shade tolerant#woodland garden#accent plant#rabbit resistant#border plant#deer resistant#rock garden#container#ground cover#wild garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Polystichum
    Species:
    setiferum
    Family:
    Dryopteridaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    This plant is seldom damaged by deer.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Fern
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Clumping
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7a, 7b, 8b, 8a, 9a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    Non-flowering
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Soft
    Leaf Type:
    Fronds
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Other/more complex
    Leaf Shape:
    Rhomboidal
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Tufted, drooping fronds; mat, light green blade; scaly stalk; short-stemmed pinnulae; soft texture; twice divided pinnae have stalked linear lanceolate pinnules with soft bristly tips on margins.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Rabbits