Polystichum setiferum

9cm pot £8.99
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Buy Polystichum setiferum soft shield fern: A large, evergreen fern

  • Position: full or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    This large, evergreen fern is a native of Britain, with soft, dark green fronds hat emerge upright before unfurling and falling softly open. Try it among other foliage plants at the front of a shady, well-drained, border or beneath deciduous trees. Either cut back the old foliage in early January to allow space for spring bulbs, or leave them in place until April when the new fronds appear.

  • Garden care: Incorporate lots of well-rotted leaf mould, composted pine needles or garden compost into the planting hole. Remove dead foliage in spring.

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Notes on Polystichum setiferum

"Warm, soft fern with intricate mossy fronds and brown bristles - good winter foliage and its lax habit displays each frond against bare earth to great effect"

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Usefull addition to my patio garden .


Useful addition to the shady area of my patio.

lord mudchute



Evergreen Ferns


Good condition on arrival, well packaged, grew very well in shaded area of the garden.


East Sussex


Hardy and coped with UK Winter


This plant has been used to fill an awkward space in the dry, shady position under a tree where everything struggles. With a few hands of rotted farmyard manure to retain moisture in the summer months, this fern will very happy. The quality of the plant delivered cannot be criticised; very healthy.


London UK


I love these ,I like to watch them unwind,


Love these in a rockery in shade or sun ,




Lovely, full, green fern.


Really healthy ferns (better quality than those in garden centres). They look great in the tropical area at the back of the garden. Delivery was super-quick - less than 48 hours after ordering.

Letchworth gardener

Letchworth Garden City



5.0 5


I am looking to possibly plant this under a large conifer tree, north facing so very shady. Would it be suitable for this purpose?


As you have probably discovered already, very little will grow beneath a mature conifer - and I suspect that this will struggle too!


When to plant the 'Soft Shield' Fern Dear Sirs, I have just ordered a 'Soft Shield' Fern - Polystichum setiferum, which is due to be delivered this week. However, having done so, I suddenly thought that this may not be the best time of year to plant it. Please could you let me know if it is OK to plant now and if not, what is the best way to keep the plant until the time is right, whenever that may be. I do not have a greenhouse but have garden sheds. Thanks for your help. Best Regards Barbara

Hello Barbara, Autumn is a great time to plant, and as they are fully hardy it should go in the ground as soon as it arrives. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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