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Polystichum polyblepharum
  • Polystichum or Japanese Tassel Fern is evergreen with glossy dark green fronds
  • Polystichum polblepharum is beautiful and very cold tolerant
  • Japanese Tassel Fern is a deer resistant shade plant
  • Polystichum polblepharum grows well in containers

Polystichum polyblepharum

Evergreen 1-2' long glossy fronds!
Item: #POLPO1Q
ZONE 5,6,7,8,9
As low as $12.19
  • Glossy, dark green 1-2' long fronds
  • Evergreen hardy fern
  • Extremely cold tolerant
  • One of the most beautiful ferns in cultivation
  • Ship size: Jumbo 1 Quart
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Polystichum polyblepharum Description

Large, glossy 1-2' long fronds on this evergreen hardy fern brighten up any part of the shade garden.

This easy-to-grow, hardy fern is one of the most beautiful of all ferns in cultivation.

Polystichum has shiny foliage that looks good all year-round, but can be trimmed off in late winter to make way for the new, apple-green colored new growth.

Tassel fern is extremely hardy, and makes a superb container plant where it combines well with colorful heucheras, bold-foliage hostas, and other shade plants.

Special features: Cold hardy, Cut foliage, Disease resistant, Easy care, Evergreen, Foliage interest, Heat tolerant, Multi-seasonal interest

Quick Facts

  • Botanical name:
    Polystichum polyblepharum
  • Common name:
    Japanese tassel fern
  • Zone:
  • Sun exposure:
    Part shade to shade
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship form:
    1 quart
  • Soil type:
  • Soil moisture:
    Average, Moist
  • Height x width:
    15" X 24"
  • Flower color:
    Not relevant
  • Foliage color:
  • Bloom season:
    Not relevant
  • Uses:
    Accent, Container gardening, Edging, Ground cover, Ornamental, Small spaces, Specimen, Under planting, Woodland
  • Cannot ship to:
    AK, HI
  • Patent #:None



Soil: Organically rich, consistently moist, well-drained loam. Crown rot may occur in poorly drained soils, particularly in winter.

Light: Part shade to full shade. Prefers a sun-dappled shade.

Water: Medium -- consistently moist.

Spacing: 18 - 24 inches

Fertilizing: Feed in spring with a general purpose, slow release fertilizer or a top dressing of a compost mulch.

Winterizing: Leave foliage stand in winter.

Maintenance & pruning: Cut back old fronds after new growth begins in spring. Divide the root clump in spring to propagate this fern.