A lustrous fern that is sure to lend an elegant look to shaded gardens. Particularly beautiful when new fronds emerge stiffly, then droop backwards to form a tassel. Beautiful in mass plantings as a groundcover, especially under flowering shrubs. An herbaceous perennial.
USDA Zone 6-8
Full shade, Partial shade
Water regularly – weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Botanical Pronunciation pol-LIST-ik-um pol-ee-BLEF-ar-um
Average Size at Maturity Slowly reaches only 2 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom Time Prized for foliage.
Design Ideas: The delicate, fine textured fronds on the Tassel Fern make it a great addition to a shady woodland setting. Create a Japanese Serenity Garden with mixed ferns, colored foliage trees, and reflecting ponds. Plant in mass as a groundcover under flowering shrubs or in a container garden to be placed in light-challenged atriums and courtyards. Unfurling fronds add a hint of architectural flavor, making this a versatile plant in any shady area of your garden.
Deciduous/ Evergreen Herbaceous
Foliage Color Green
Garden Style Cottage, Rustic
Growth Rate Slow
Landscape Use Border, Container, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Woodland Garden, Urban Garden, Ground Cover
Soil Needs All-Purpose Plant Food
Special Feature Easy Care, Gift Plant, Naturalizes Well, Shade Loving, Tolerates Acidic Soil
Companion Plants Coral Bells (Heuchera); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Hosta (Hosta); Columbine (Aquilegia); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)