Common Name : Soft Shield FernFamily : DryopteridaceaeType : FernHabit : Clump-formingHeight : 50 cm-1 metreSpread : 50 cm-1 metreFoliage : EvergreenFoliage colour : Deep greenSunlight : Part Shade / Full ShadeMoisture : Moist but well-drainedSoil : Acid / Neutral / AlkalineSeason of interest : Spring - Summer - Autumn - WinterHardiness: Hardy in the severest European continental climates < -20°
Polystichum setiferum, commonly called soft shield fern, is a tufted evergreen to semi-evergreen fern with lance-shaped, bi-pinnate, medium green fronds that grow in shuttlecock form to 3′ tall. Stalks and most midribs are covered with attractive cinnamon-brown scales. Pinnae have serrate, spiny margins. This fern is native to Europe.
Genus name comes from the Greek words polys meaning many and stichos meaning in a row in reference to its spore cases being in rows.
Specific epithet comes from the Latin words setae meaning bristles and fer meaning bearing in reference to the bristle-toothed pinnae. [Missouri Botanical Garden]