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  • hard shield fern
  • Eventual height: 0.6m
  • Eventual spread: 0.9m

Polystichum aculeatum

hard shield fern

RHS award of garden merit £9.99 £6.99
Pot size 1.5 litre pot
1.5 litre pot
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  • Position: full or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    This evergreen fern is a native of Britain, with lustrous, long, narrow, dark green fronds forming a distinctive shuttlecock-like shape. It looks wonderful left to colonise in a woodland setting or under deciduous trees, where it will provide interest all year round. The filigree-like foliage looks stunning when it is covered in frost.

  • Garden care: Incorporate lots of well-rotted leaf mould, composted pine needles or garden compost into the planting hole. Remove dead foliage in spring.


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