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The Soft Shield-fern Learn More About the Polystichum setiferum
Ever wished to have that tropical theme for your house using tropical plants but realize you can’t, because you live where the weather is too cold for real tropical plants? Polystichum setiferum, or the soft shield-fern, is the solution to that. If you are still thinking about having tropical plants in your house, put them in your living room or your bedroom for extra green, don’t give up, because this fern will help you achieve that.
Because this fern naturalizes well in cold, woodland settings, it provides excellent shade due to its foliage with dark green fronds and a feathery look, and, despite its appearance, it is actually very hardy. It is an evergreen or semi-evergreen plant and adapts very well to dry shade conditions.
The soft shield-fern is endemic to western and southern Europe where it thrives from the moist summers and mild winters. It usually grows in woodlands at high altitudes, but since this plant adapts well to a variety of conditions, you can plant it right in your home or backyard. It is also one of the plants with the highest rate of orders, as there are many clients who love to have a soft shield-fern in their houses.
The fern’s attractive feathery green fronds have a length of around 12-47 inches or 30-70 centimeters. On top of that, each plant has 4- 10 of these feathery fronds when mature. Each of these beautiful tropical plants can easily grow 2-3 ft in height and 60-90 centimeters wide, and the word ‘easily’ was used because they are hardy and low maintenance. The soft shield-fern is also disease and pest-free. This architecturally attractive plant forms in clumps and thrives well in soils that are well-drained, humus-rich, fertile, and most.
For borders, cottage gardens, woodlands, shady beds, underplanting of roses and shrubs, and rock gardens this fern is perfect. Especially when combined with hostas, bugloss, hellebores, wild ginger, and epidemiums. This plant may be propagated by division of rhizomes in bulbils in fall or in spring.
This plant adds style to anyone’s home with its mild-green, soft, and willowy fronds, which also graciously arches and swirls, creating a beautiful mounded plant.