tassel fern2The tassel fern in itself is a rare beauty, form and texture in the landscape, and for any gardener this would sure be the first priority when it comes to adding beauty and elegance to the garden.

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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