Japanese Tassle Fern
Light up a shady bed or border with this stunning copper-coloured fern.
Polystichum polyblepharum, also known as the Japanese Tassle or Lace Fern, is an award-winning evergreen variety which provides interest throughout the year. New foliage emerges in spring with a stunning copper colour which gradually matures to a vibrant, zesty green. As the attractive, lacy fronds unfurl, they form a bold and architectural shuttlecock habit which looks absolutely fabulous among shrubs or in shady woodland-style planting schemes. Before the new leaves uncurl, they are covered with golden hairs which gives them a tassel-like appearance. This beautiful fern is ideal for growing in a woodland-style border, in the shade of a tree or shrubbery or shady corner next to the house. This clump-forming fern is easy to grow, fully hardy and reliable. Requiring very little in terms of care, it's a great choice for beginners or any low-maintenance garden.
Enjoy year-round colour in shady beds and borders with this hardy, evergreen fern.
Plant Type: Fern
Hardiness: H7 Very Hardy. Minimum temperature < -20.
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 80cm x W 1m (Mature age: 5 Years)
Foliage Colour: Green
Flower Colour: -
Fragrant Flower: No
Aromatic Foliage: No
RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: No
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Soil Type: Chalky, Clay, Loam, Sandy, Acid, Alkaline
Soil Drainage: Well Drained
Light Exposure: Part Shade, Full Shade
Planting Style: Wildlife Garden, Flower Beds & Borders, Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Low Maintenance Garden, Dry Shade, Damp Shade, Woodland Garden
Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Polystichum polyblepharum (Japanese Tassle Fern) is ideal for planting in full or part shade in borders and beds. It prefers a sheltered location, such as in the shade of a tree, shrubbery or enclosed corner.
This variety loves any well-drained, moist soil. It can tolerate dry shade although it will require regular watering to start with. If planting in containers, use a good-quality soil-based compost.
Water well until established and mulch in spring with garden compost or bark chippings. Once established, this variety will require very little additional watering unless planted in very dry shade.
It's not necessary to feed your fern, although you can apply an occasional all-purpose liquid feed during the first season to help it to establish.
Cut back any old or tatty foliage in autumn or early spring to make space for the fresh new foliage to grow.