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Polystichum setiferum - 'Acutilobum' (Soft Shield Fern)

Type Herbaceous flower, Fern, Deciduous, Ground cover
Form Spreading arching, Architectural Form
Size Low Border / Edging / Ground Cover Plant (up to 50cm height)
Colours Light green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Polystichum setiferum:

  • Attracts wildlife to feed or nest
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils
  • Suitable for planting in full shade

Weaknesses of Polystichum setiferum

  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers
  • Does not tolerate very dry or very wet soils

Design & Plant Use for Polystichum setiferum:

  • Ideal for informal cottage garden style planting
  • Ideal for naturalistic woodland planting

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