Soft Shield Fern
Hardy, symmetrical, easy-to-grow plants with evergreen fronds, except in the case of P. braunii. Among the most useful and widely planted ferns; combine well with other plants. Do best in rich, well-drained soil. Use in shady beds, along house walls, and in mixed woodland plantings.Polystichum setiferum
Native to southern Europe. Many forms, varying from 2–4 1/2 ft. tall and wide. Finely cut fronds give effect of green lace.
Many forms are sold, varying from 2–4 1/2 ft. tall and wide. ‘Congestum Cristatum’ is a 6–12-in.-tall dwarf with upright gray-green fronds. Divisilobum group features named varieties with a particularly lacy appearance. Plantlets form on midribs of older fronds on several types of soft shield fern; these can be detached and planted.
This shrub from Korea and Japan resembles H. macrophylla. Grows to 4–6 ft. tall and wide. The fo...
Deciduous. This 40-ft.-tall, 20-ft.-wide hybrid of M. acuminata and M. x br...
Native from British Columbia to Northern California, mostly west of the Cascades. Grows to 2 ft. tall ...