Polystichum setiferum ‘Proliferum’

Soft Shield Fern


Polystichum setiferum ‘Proliferum’ or the Soft Shield Fern is a classic hardy evergreen fern with typical triangular finely divided ‘fern’ like leaves. There is a good reason Polystichum setiferum ‘Proliferum’ is so popular it makes a good sized plant up to 90cm high and is really easy to grow. Being tolerant of more sun and drier conditions than many ferns it is suitable for planting in a wide range of conditions and looks particularly good when planted in company with Asplenium scolopendrium ferns.

All the books say it prefers a rich acidic soil but I have seen it growing quite happily on shallow chalky soil in a sunny south london garden. I would however always recommend adding a good organic moisture retentive compost when planting. Can also be used as a container plant.

  • Common Names:Soft Shield Fern.

Eventual Plant Size

Please note all images are for illustrative purposes only, depending on the season or time of year the plant you receive may be different than pictured.


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