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Hardy Shield Fern

Majestic upright growth of stiff fronds provides wonderful fine texture. Plant with broad-leaved hostas or ligularia and variegated tiarella or pulmonaria for a nice blend of color and form. Prefers moist, well-drained soil.

Companion Plants

False Spirea


Sweet Woodruff

Plant Details

  • Common name

    Hardy Shield Fern

  • Botanical name

    Polystichum aculeatum

  • Variety


  • Zone

    USDA Zone 3 (-40°F) to USDA Zone 8 (10°F).

  • Light


  • Height

    24" (61 cm)

  • Habit


  • Feed

    Use all-purpose

  • Water

    Weekly during dry spells

  • Bloom Time

    No Bloom

  • Maintenance

    Mulch to reduce weeds

This plant also belongs to the following collections:

  • Ginny L.'s collection