Polystichum setiferum ‘Fo­lio­sum Su­per­bum Kaye’

Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Dig In Plantsman’s Favourites -

I bought this lux­u­ri­ant fern in 1985 at the Lan­cashire nurs­ery of Regi­nald Kaye. The fact that it’s still grow­ing strong is per­haps the most ad­mirable thing about this fern: plant it and it will stay for­ever. It’s a par­tic­u­larly fine form of the Fo­lio­sum Group and has ex­tra leafy pin­nules that of­ten over­lap to give a soft, al­most woolly ap­pear­ance. It is com­pletely ev­er­green and tol­er­ates quite dry places in shade. In a good soil that’s not too dry, the growth is really lush – al­most one me­tre in di­am­e­ter. Height Ori­gin Grow­ing con­di­tions Part shade to full shade. Har­di­ness RHS H7, USDA 5a-8b. Sea­son of in­ter­est Year round.

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