Tassel Fern (Polystichum polyblepharum)

Tassel Fern

  • Symmetrical Sturdy Finely-Divided Fronds
  • Deep Olive-Green Luxurious Color
  • Golden-Brown Fuzz and Hairs Add Texture
  • Uniform Vase-Shaped Form
  • Lush, Soothing Greenery
  • Easy Care & Low Maintenance
  • Lush Groundcover & Erosion Control
  • Full Shade and Part Shade
  • Thick Growing, Textural Foliage
  • Deer and Rabbit Resistant
  • Loves Wet Sites and Moisture
  • Acidic Soil Tolerant

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 is 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, 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.

How to Use Tassel Fern In The Landscape

Happily rambling 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 its 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 sun-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.

Tips 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 9.

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.

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 and insulates the root system from heat and chill.

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!

Add robust, luxurious texture and color for a soothing garden retreat with Ferns like Tassel Fern and you’ll enjoy its robust, hardy benefits year-round!

Tassel Fern (Polystichum polyblepharum) Details

Common name Tassel Fern
Botanical name Polystichum polyblepharum
Plant type Perennial
Hardiness zone 5-8
Growth rate Medium
Height 18 - 24 inches
Width 18 - 24 inches
Sunlight Full Shade, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly No
Pruning time Early Spring