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Polystichum Polyblepharum
(Tassel Fern)


January - December
100cm x 100cm
Partial Shade, Shade
Easy Care
Fully Hardy
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The ‘Tassel Fern;’ the plant that knows how to party with its fronds! With tassels swaying in the breeze like everyday is a Friday, it’s the life of the garden party. A leafy feast for the eyes, that’s always dressed to impress!

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Our Polystichum Polyblepharum, is also affectionately known as the 'Tassel Fern.' This award-winning evergreen fern exhibits a 'shuttlecock' of spreading, glossy dark green, bipinnate fronds with and attractive golden colour when young and reaching a rich glossy green as they mature. The 'Tassel Fern' is characterized by its vibrant fronds that exude a sense of joy. The fronds are finely cut, resembling tassels, which gives the plant a distinct and inviting appearance. With its evergreen foliage, it adds a touch of brightness and life to shaded areas, making it an ideal choice for those tricky spots in your garden that need a lift. This fern is not just a pretty face; it's a low-maintenance addition to your plant collection. It thrives in partial to full shade, making it adaptable to a variety of garden conditions. The 'Tassel Fern' is also known for its ability to create lush, textural interest in your garden. We highly recommend our 'Tassel Fern' as excellent ground cover in shaded borders and beds or used as under-planting, and suits a range of garden design aesthetics such as; City Garden designs, Courtyard Garden designs, Cottage Gardens along with Informal Gardens and Rockeries. Whether you're an experienced gardener or just starting out, the 'Tassel Fern' is a versatile and welcoming choice for your outdoor space. Its distinctive appearance and easy care make it a delightful addition to any garden, and its ability to flourish in shaded areas adds a layer of elevation to your landscape.  

Planting Conditions

Planting Polystichum Polyblepharum, the 'Tassel Fern,' is a breeze. Choose well-drained soil and provide partial to full shade, replicating its woodland preference. This adaptable fern fits effortlessly into various garden settings, from woodland gardens to shaded corners, offering versatility and charm. By emulating these conditions, you create an inviting home for this unique fern. Plant it at a depth that aligns with the existing soil level in the container and space them about 18 to 24 inches (45-60 cm) apart to allow for optimal growth. These planting conditions set the stage for your 'Tassel Fern' to flourish year after year.

Watering & Feeding

Caring for Polystichum Polyblepharum, the 'Tassel Fern,' involves maintaining even moisture levels by regularly watering to mimic its woodland habitat. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged, especially during dry spells. When it comes to feeding, this fern typically draws nutrients from the garden soil and doesn't require frequent fertilisation. However, a balanced, slow-release fertiliser application during the growing season can provide an extra boost for optimal growth. With its low-maintenance nature, the 'Tassel Fern' makes it easy to manage watering and feeding while it adds its glossy green foliage and interest to your garden with minimal effort.

General Care

General care for Polystichum Polyblepharum, the 'Tassel Fern,' involves regular monitoring for potential pests like slugs, which can affect ferns. Pruning damaged fronds during late Winter or early Spring maintains its tidy and attractive appearance while preventing potential issues. This low-maintenance fern is naturally resilient to many diseases, contributing to its ease of care. Plant it in well-drained soil with partial to full shade, replicating its woodland habitat preference.