Polystichum aculeatum

Polystichum aculeatum

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Polystichum aculeatum

Common name

Hard shield fern

What you get

You will receive a 2ltr pot. 


Polystichium aculeatum is a handsome fern with arching, glossy green fronds. It is evergreen and reaches a height up to 75cm, making it an excellent fern for a shady bank.

Planting and care

Best grown in semi shade in moist, rich soil.

Ferns generally prefer shade and moist soil, especially in the hottest parts of the day. Most shady garden borders or woodland areas are perfect. If the area you are planting on is dry, or you are planting in summer make sure they are well watered until they are established. You should not need to feed your ferns in the garden, but a good mulch will help greatly.


Ferns will grow on most soils as long as your soil is not at the extreme ends of the pH scale (on chalk). Adding organic matter to your soil will help retain moisture in a sandy soil or open up the structure of a clay soil to stop water logging. Adding a good mulch will also help keep down weeds.


Great plants for the shady garden border, woodland planting, creating a fernery or as pot plants for a shady spot.