Native to the UK and parts of Europe, Polystichum setiferum, the Soft Shield Fern is one of the loveliest of all the small ferns. Its luxuriant green and finely-cut bipinnate fronds are extremely soft-textured and pleasing to the touch. It is this combination of lush greeness, its elegant and finely-toothed serrations and its pleasingly tactile nature that make the Soft Shield Fern such a winningly desirable and very beautiful plant. It somehow manages to achieve the seemingly impossible paradox of being graceful and showy yet in a subtle and charmingly understated way.
Semi-evergreen, the fronds persist into January and sometimes February before the new fronds emerge in April. lt thrives in shady moist conditions in a free-draining, organically-rich, neutral or acid soil.
|Synonyms||Polystichum aculeatum, Polystichum aculeatum subsp. angulare, Polystichum angulare, Aspidium aculeatum, Aspidium angulare, Dryopteris aculeata, Dryopteris setifera|
|Geographical Origin||Europe, Ireland and the UK|
|Cultivation||Damp shade or partial shade. Neutral or slightly acid soil with plenty of leaf mold and humus|
|Eventual Height||90 cm|
|Eventual Spread||75 cm|
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