Polystichum 'Plumosum'
Polystichum 'Plumosum'
Polystichum 'Plumosum'
Polystichum 'Plumosum'
Polystichum 'Plumosum'
Polystichum 'Plumosum'
Polystichum 'Plumosum'

Polystichum 'Plumosum'

"Dwarf soft shield fern"

Polystichum 'Plumosum'

1 bare root — £3.48

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Watch the fantastic fronds of Polystichum 'Plumosum' unroll from tight coils in spring every year to create a mini jungle of Jurassic-looking leaves! Commonly known as dwarf soft shield fern, Polystichum 'Plumosum' is a clump forming hardy perennial which grows larger and denser every year until fully established. Each frond is shield shaped and formed of densely-packed pinnules which each have a slight curly twist, providing terrific texture and lush greenery to fill the shaded areas of the garden.   

Typical of ferns, Polystichum setiferum 'Plumosum' enjoys a rich, damp soil and a cool, shady position. They’re incredibly low maintenance and can simply be left to their own devices for most of the year—all they really require is to have the past year’s fronds cut right down to the crown once a year at some point between autumn and early spring. Plant this dwarf soft shield fern among other ferns or shade-loving plants like hostas to transform a dull space into a cool and leafy oasis! 

In the past, some people believed they would become invisible if they ate fern seeds.

Key features

  • Perfect for pots

  • Comes back every year

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Great for shade

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • Fully hardy

  • Slug & snail repellent

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Polystichum setiferum 'Plumosum'

  • Plant size


  • Established height


  • Established spread


  • Plant spacing

    5 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour


  • Habit


  • Life cycle


  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    2-3 years

  • Sunlight

    Full shade
    Partial shade
    Dappled shade

  • Position


  • Suitable for

    Large containers
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens

  • Soil acidity


  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam-based compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented


  • Pollinator-friendly


  • Mouse resistant


  • Rabbit resistant


  • Deer resistant


  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak your Polystichum 'Plumosum' roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.

    • Plant your "Dwarf soft shield fern" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors.

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed.

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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