Tassel Fern for Rare Beauty in the Landscape
The tassel fern known botanically as” Polystichum polyblepharum” gives us a lush evergreen presence evenduring the winters. polyblepharum actually means many eyelashes.
A typical native to Japan and Korea but this fern is exceptionally adaptable that you will always consider it to be a native.It is cold hardy to zone 5 and yet can thrive in filtered-light areas in zone 9. Like many ferns, it does need moist, fertile, organic-rich soil that is well drained. And to your pleasure and relief, this fern is not on the diet for the deer.
Tassel fern is also has an appearance of a shuttlecock many times. When older, unattractive fronnative fern,ds are kept pruned, an established, 3-foot-wide or wider clump can have a 4- to 5-inch trunk, making it look like a cycad or sago palm. I have seen several that even remind me of a dwarf tree fern but with decidedly different fronds.
The plant gets its name from the way young fronds, called crosiers, unfurl and bend backward, drooping in a tassel form before flattening out. The evergreen fronds are a shiny dark green, creating an almost waxy appearance.
So for this year, when you plan for your spring garden do not forget including native ferns and specifically the tassel fern . Such fern will sure bring beauty and life to your shade garden like few other plants and look right at home in the tropical-style garden.
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