Tassel Fern

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Dramatically tall and sturdy fronds in a traditional symmetrical form and shape! The Tassel Fern (Polystichum polyblepharum) is a picture-perfect Fern! The strapping foliage and lush olive-green fronds, coupled with the uniform appearance of this Fern are an amazingly lush groundcover.

The lance-shaped leaves and fine golden hairs that cover these dark-green fronds give the entire plant a whimsical, woodland garden glen feel! With a stand-out profile and a soothing presence in the garden, the Tassel Fern has golden brown stems and a slightly fuzzy appearance. The finely-toothed blades and overlapping pinnae leaves are further divided into smaller leaflets, giving each frond a lacy look!

Forming a gorgeous upright vase shape, these slower-growing Ferns are amazing to watch as the hairy fiddleheads unfurl. Creating a lush and soothing demeanor that commands the dappled shade throughout USDA planting zones 5 to 8, these two-foot tall and wide perennial Ferns are highly adaptable!

Planting and Application:

Happily rambling en masse through your wooded edges and under the wide arms of large trees and shrubs. Tassel Fern are amazing understory plants that fill your shade beds and borders with powerful green height and width, without over-taking their companion plantings.

Stoutly anchoring dim corners or as a specimen plant, Tassel Fern will be a verdant center of attention! Plant as an accent around your water feature or Rain Gardens where it can soak up the moisture!

Looking both ornate and primordial, this modest Fern is a phenomenal backdrop for shade perennials. Sized wonderfully for shaded window boxes and containers as a filler, backdrop, and spiller.

Add serenity to screened patios and porches, and shady sides of your home or outdoor structures. Shaded balconies and gazebos receive a designer's touch with these skirting around the perimeter.

Just the finishing touch you need for soft fringing around the shaded trunks of large trees and shrubs, Tassel Fern will bask in their welcome shade while acting as a facer plant to hide those bare stems.

Easily holding back soil as erosion control on shady slopes, Tassel Fern carpets areas in lush greenery and its hardy nature is suitable for Rock Gardens and defining borders.

  • Symmetrical, Sturdy Finely-Divided Fronds
  • Deep Olive-Green Luxurious Color
  • Golden-Brown Fuzz & Hairs Add Texture
  • Uniform Vase-Shaped Form & Thick Growing, Textural Foliage
  • Lush Groundcover & Erosion Control

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Tassel Fern, like most Fern, does need part shade to full shade locations. Afternoon shade especially when in the warmer of its growing zones 6 through 8.

Be sure to water regularly and keep the soil consistently moist, especially during the heat. However, Ferns are very tolerant of humidity. Happy as long as they are in well-drained soils. Add Nature Hills Root Booster during planting, because the symbiotic ingredients work non-stop over the life of the plant.

Requiring consistently moist soil, even tolerating soggy soil, Ferns do well as long as the soil drains well and doesn't have long-term standing water. Preferring it on the acidic side and organically rich and humusy.

Once established, Tassel Ferns are partly drought tolerant, but for best results and health, be sure to provide supplemental watering in times of drought. A generous layer of mulch helps retain soil moisture as well as insulate the root system from heat and chill. These evergreen Ferns clumps may be divided in spring, but this is seldom required. Though enjoying to spread, they're easily controlled and cared for.

Prune only if needed in late winter or early spring, and be sure to remove dead fronds each fall to eliminate hiding spots for slugs. Deer and rabbits generally leave Tassel Fern alone!

  • Full Shade & Part Shade
  • Loves Wet Sites & Moisture
  • Well-Drained Soil & Acid-Soil Tolerant
  • Deer & Rabbit Resistant
  • Easy Care & Low Maintenance

Lustrous character and shade-loving greenery, add the robust, luxurious texture and color for a soothing garden retreat with Ferns like Tassel Fern! You'll enjoy its robust, hardy benefits year-round! Order yours from Nature Hills Nursery today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Tassel Fern Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-8
Growing Zones 6-8
More Information
Botanical Name Polystichum polyblepharum
Type Perennial
Mature Height 18 - 24 inches
Mature Spread 18 - 24 inches
Sun Exposure Full Shade, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate & Adaptable
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring