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Polystichum - Ferns

Magnificent in the landscape, Polystichum (Shield Fern) are mostly evergreen or semi-evergreen ferns, with short stout rhizomes and lance-shaped, pinnate fronds in shuttlecock-like rosettes. These wonderful foliage plants offer a long season of interest and are all choice plants for the rock garden, shade garden, borders or as groundcovers. Easy to grow, Polystichum perform best in light shade and moist soil.

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Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas Fern)

Popular and easily maintained, Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas Fern) is a robust, clump-forming, evergreen fern forming a fountain of leathery, lance-shaped, rich dark green fronds adorned with small, holly-like pinnae.

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Polystichum munitum (Western Sword Fern)

Majestic and weather-resistant, award-winning Polystichum munitum (Western Sword Fern) is a robust evergreen fern forming a shapely, arching mound of long, narrowly lance-shaped, lustrous, dark green fronds. Each leaflet is dagger-shaped, with toothed edges and a base that is reminiscent of a sword hilt.

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Polystichum polyblepharum (Japanese Tassel Fern)

Award-winning Polystichum polyblepharum (Japanese Tassel Fern) is an elegant evergreen fern forming a shuttlecock of spreading, lance-shaped, exceptionally lustrous, dark green fronds with finely divided but overlapping pinnae. The new fronds are covered in golden hairs as they unfurl in spring.

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Polystichum setiferum 'Pulcherrimum Bevis' (Soft Field Fern)

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.

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Polystichum setiferum (Divisilobum Group) 'Herrenhausen' (Soft Field Fern)

Often used in bouquets, Polystichum setiferum 'Herrenhausen' (Soft Field Fern) is an elegant semi-evergreen fern forming a lacy rosette of intricately-divided fronds splaying out from the central crown.

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Polystichum setiferum (Soft Field Fern)

Bringing attention to its unusual soft green foliage, Soft Field Fern almost asks to be touched!

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Polystichum tsussimense (Korean Rock Fern)

Perfect for small spaces, award-winning Polystichum tsussimense (Korean Rock Fern) is a small, tufted, evergreen fern bearing broadly lance-shaped, leathery, glossy blue-green fronds, adorned with black stems and narrowly oblong, spiny-toothed, pointed pinnae.

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