The Plant Company

Bringing your garden to life


01403 740100

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The Plant Company
Coolham Road
West Chiltington
West Sussex
RH20 2LH

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Opening times:
Tuesday-Friday, 9:00-17:30.
Closed public holidays.


The Plants

Polystichum setiferum

soft shield fern

Photo of Polystichum setiferum


A native fern with lacy, neat, dark-green fronds. A superb textural plant that contrasts well with glossy, hardy ferns such as Asplenium scolopendrium, and other striking shapes such as Solomon's seal and hostas. Plants are surprisingly drought-tolerant, although they dislike direct sun.


  • Ferns

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Foliage: Evergreen

Hardiness: Hardy

Vigour: Medium growing


  • Beds and borders
  • Flower arranging
  • Cottage style garden
  • Woodland area

Special features

  • Low maintenance
  • Evergreen
  • Ground cover
  • Architectural

Care instructions

Grow in moist but well-drained soil. Will tolerant dry shade once established, but water regularly in its first season and mulch well.


Size: Medium

Pot size: 2 litre

Eventual height: 50cm

Eventual spread: 90cm

Special conditions

  • Wet shade