Tassel Fern

Tassel Fern

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Key Characteristics

6 - 8

Mature Height

24 IN

Mature Width

24 IN

Sun / Shade

Part Shade, Shade

Moisture Level

Dry, Moist, well-drained

Soil Type

Normal, loamy

Description / Tassel Fern

The Tassel Fern is a subtle beauty, a low-growing hardy perennial with a unique look and a very long, trouble-free life. A fine underplanting for the shade garden, it is beautiful three seasons a year, carpeting the ground in fine glossy green!

The new spring fiddleheads unfurl slowly on this fern, becoming stiffly upright and quite long, with closely-spaced leaves that cast elegant shadows. After a while, the entire stem (crozier) falls backward, creating the tassel look for which this fern is named. In reality, that leaning out of the way is a calculated move: the crozier is making room for a new frond to arise and repeat the pattern! In this way the fern grows, becoming more dense and slowly spreading.

Tassel Fern is a slow grower, taking its time to reach its mature size of 18 to 24 inches high and wide. It is magnificent in a large groundcover planting in partial to full shade, and also makes a terrific underplanting to flowering shrubs or leggy perennials, for it creates a glowing green glen of rich color and texture.

A native of Japan and southern Korea, tassel fern boasts a vase-shaped habit and very glossy foliage. It likes consistent moisture, and is immune to most diseases and pests. So easy, so long-lasting, and so lovely! Add it to the shade garden this season. Zones 5 to 8.

Product Details

Genus Polystichum
Species polyblepharum
Product Classification Perennials
Habit Mound-shaped
USDA Zone Low 6
USDA Zone High 8
Sun / Shade Part Shade, Shade
Foliage Color Medium Green, Olive Green
Resistance Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Characteristics Easy Care Plants, Spring Foliage Changes
Uses Beds, Border, Containers, Foliage Interest, Foundation, Ground Cover, Outdoor
Zone 6, 7, 8
Shipping Method Restrictions none
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