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Polystichum setiferum ‘Pulcherrimum Bevis’ (Soft Field Fern)

Soft Field Fern 'Pulcherrimum Bevis'

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Polystichum Setiferum Pulcherrimum Bevis, Soft Field Fern Pulcherrimum Bevis, Evergreen Fern, Shade plants, shade perennial, plants for shade, plants for wet soil

A remarkable and ravishing fern, award-winning Polystichum setiferum ‘Pulcherrimum Bevis’ (Soft Field Fern) is an elegant evergreen fern forming a pretty rosette of lance-shaped, erect to gracefully arching, glossy dark green fronds. The pinnae are long and aligned in a series of sweeping arcs towards the frond tips. The stems are coated with attractive cinnamon-brown scales which contrast nicely with the dark green feathery foliage. Low maintenance, this Soft Field Fern enjoys a long season of interest – including winter when it adds a sparkle to the dullest of winter gardens.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for its outstanding qualities
  • Clump-forming, it easily grows up to 3-4 ft. tall and wide (90-120 cm).
  • A part shade to full shade lover, it is best grown in fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soils. Excellent drainage is required. Protect crowns from excessive winter wet
  • This plant is a great choice for shady beds, borders, underplanting of roses and shrubs, cottage gardens, rock gardens, or woodland gardens. Combines well with hellebores, hostas, wild ginger (Asarum), bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla), and epimediums.
  • Virtually pest and disease free.
  • Dead or damaged fronds may be removed as necessary.
  • Propagate by sowing spores as soon as ripe, division of rhizomes in spring or by bulbils in fall

Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 8
Heat Zones 5 - 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Ferns
Plant Family Dryopteridaceae
Genus Polystichum
Common names Fern
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spread 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Full Shade
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas Fern)
Polystichum munitum (Western Sword Fern)
Polystichum polyblepharum (Japanese Tassel Fern)
Polystichum tsussimense (Korean Rock Fern)
Polystichum setiferum (Divisilobum Group) ‘Herrenhausen’ (Soft Field Fern)
Polystichum setiferum (Soft Field Fern)

Recommended Companion Plants

Athyrium niponicum var. pictum (Painted Lady Fern)
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Variegata’ (Siberian Bugloss)
Helleborus Winter Jewels ‘Cotton Candy’ (Hellebore)
Hosta ‘Patriot’ (Plantain Lily)
While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 8
Heat Zones 5 - 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Ferns
Plant Family Dryopteridaceae
Genus Polystichum
Common names Fern
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spread 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Full Shade
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden
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