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Polystichum polyblepharum - Fern, Tassel

Fern

Fern, Polystichum polyblepharum

Tassel fern

Polystichum polyblepharum, or Tassel fern, is an evergreen fern that features shiny, dark green fronds that grow in an outward-spreading, vase-shaped clump. Fiddleheads flip backwards to form tassels as the newly emerging fronds unfurl, hence the common name for this plant. Tassels disappear as fronds flatten with maturity. Excellent selection for shaded areas in the landscape, including borders, woodland gardens, shade gardens, wild gardens and foundations.

Tassel fern Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Easily grown in organically rich, consistently moist, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade. Prefers a sun-dappled shade. Consider planting rhizome at an angle to help combat potential crown rot problems which most often occur in poorly drained soils.

Height:

18-24 in

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Spread:

18-24 in

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Hardiness Zone:

5 - 8

Characteristics & Attributes for Fern, Polystichum polyblepharum

Exposure
Partial Shade
Shade
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Fall
Winter
Spring
Summer
Attributes
Mass Planting
Container
Edging
Evergreen
Great Foliage
Border or Bed
Great Companion Plants for Fern, Polystichum polyblepharum
Coral Bells Coral Bells (Heuchera villosa 'Caramel')
Plantain Lily Plantain Lily (Hosta 'Rainforest Sunrise')
Bugleweed Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans 'Chocolate Chip')
Siberian Bugloss Siberian Bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla 'Silver Heart')
False Spirea False Spirea (Astilbe x japonica 'Rheinland')
Plantain Lily Plantain Lily (Hosta 'Night Before Christmas')
Plantain Lily Plantain Lily (Hosta 'Brother Stefan')
Plantain Lily Plantain Lily (Hosta 'Paul's Glory')
Bleeding Heart Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba')
Coral Bells Coral Bells (Heuchera 'Mega Caramel')
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