Tassel Fern in a woodland setting close up of the tassel fern green foliage young green tassel fern perennial Tassel Fern with bright green serrated foliage
Tassel Fern in a woodland setting close up of the tassel fern green foliage young green tassel fern perennial Tassel Fern with bright green serrated foliage

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Tassel Fern

Polystichum polyblepharum

You may not think you know of the Tassel Fern, but you've definitely seen it before. This shade loving perennial is known to grow in wooded areas as well as for being used as an elegant element to a shade garden or a hanging basket.

Growzone: 6-8

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This is a dependable and hardy fern, that lends elegance to the shade border and combines well with Carex, Heuchera, and other ferns. Easily grown in organically rich, consistently moist, well-drained loams in part shade to full shade. Prefers a sun-dappled shade.

Consider planting rhizome at an angle to help combat potential crown rot problems which most often occur in poorly drained soils. Tassel fern is an evergreen fern that is native to Japan and southern Korea. It features shiny, bipinnate, dark green fronds (to 1-2 feet long) with finely divided but overlapping pinnae. It grows in an outward-spreading, vase-shaped clump to 24 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Crosiers flip over backward to form tassels as the newly emerging fronds unfurl, hence the common name of tassel fern for this plant.

Growing Zone: 6-8
Mature Height: 1.5 to 2 feet
Mature Width: 1.5 to 2 feet
Sunlight: Partial shade to full shade
Water Requirements: Water well until established and during times of drought
This Plants Growzone: 6-8 Tassel Fern Hardiness Zone

Additional Information

Tassels disappear as fronds flatten with maturity. Polystichyum comes from the Greek words polus (many) and stichos (row or file) in reference to the rows of sori located along the midveins of the pinnules. Specific epithet means “many eyelashes” in reference to the bristly scales found on the stipe and rachis. Synonymous with Polystichum setosum. Korean tassel fern (Polystichum polyblepharum) is a magnificent glossy evergreen that brings beauty to the home or garden.

Originally introduced to North America as a houseplant by experimentally-inclined horticulturists, they were delighted to discover that it is perfectly hardy in Zone 5 and higher. Many people think that ferns are difficult to grow, or that they can only be grown in damp and shady places. Neither of these ideas is true. One of the great advantages of ferns as garden plants is that in many cases they require next to no care at all, and that of the simplest sort. While there are ferns that can be grown on the highest mountains, in the driest deserts, on wall tops, in sun or shade, or even on the bottom of ponds, in fact virtually anywhere.

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