Polystichum polyblepharum (also called Japanese shield fern)
Attractive evergreen fern with glossy shuttlecock fronds and beautiful, hairy crosiers in spring. Suitable for shaded gardens, the glossy leaves provide a touch of brightness to what can a fairly subdued area. It looks especially good in dappled shade.
All year round.
Habit - shuttlecock shaped, firm, arching. H: up to 70cm S: up to 80cm.
Stem and leaf - glossy, dark green, finely divided, bipinnate, leaf with coppery hairs (also called scales) along the stem. Young fronds are pale yellow, darkening as they mature. The leaves feel unusually stiff for a fern.
Shade to semi-shade.
Leafy, humus-rich, well-drained. Does well in soil that stays evenly moist.
Protect from excess winter wetness, but avoid dry soil in summer. Remove older or broken fronds before new growth gets going in spring so that they have light and air and the crosiers can be admired.
By division of the rhizome in spring.
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