Polystichum polyblepharum

Tassel Fern; Japanese Lace Fern
Tassel Fern; Japanese Lace Fern
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Plant Type

Fern

Evergreen-Deciduous

Evergreen

Overall Mature Size

Small

Mature Height & Spread

2-4′ x 2-4′

Exposure

Full, Partial Shade

Water

Medium, Low Water

Special Features

Coastal Conditions, Low Water Use

Container Sizes

#1

Natural Growth Habit

Mounding

Sunset Garden Zones

2-9, 14-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone

8-May

Polystichum polyblepharum is mistakenly called holly fern. Japanese Tassel Fern or Japanese Lace Fern is an evergreen fern that is native to Japan and southern Korea. It features shiny bipinnate dark green fronds (1-2 ft. long) with finely divided but overlapping pinnae. It grows in an outward-spreading vase-shaped clump to 24” tall and 24” wide. Newly emerging fronds unfurl thus the common name tassel fern. Tassels disappear as fronds flatten with maturity. Polystichyum comes from the Greek words polus (many) and stichos (row or file) in reference to the rows located along the veins of the fronds.

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