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Polypodium 'Whitley Giant'

Previously very obscure, but now getting about a bit, this is close to P. cambricum, though has longer and broader fronds, making for a very handsome polypody. Pinnatifid fronds to 40cm from a gently creeping rootstock, eventually forming a nice patch. For reasonably well drained, even rocky soil in semi-shade.

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Polypodium scouleri (new)

A most unusual species with thick textured, leathery, shiny, dark-green fronds. Forms a good clump in time with a height of about 30cm. Rarely seen but perfectly hardy in inland UK and excellent in maritime areas, as it is in the wild state on the very coastal fringe of N. America from B.C. to Baja. For a shaded site.

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Polystichum biaristatum (new)

Ranging from N. India to Taiwan, this evergreen species is particularly rarely seen in cultivation. Rather elegant fronds are held on narrow upright stipes and range from 70 to 90cm in length. Hardiness unknown.

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Polystichum polyblepharum

An impressive Japanese evergreen fern with very glossy, rich-green, divided fronds, beautiful when unfurling in the spring covered in golden bristles. Ht 60cm. Shade/semi-shade in humusy, well-drained soil.

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Polystichum setiferum 'Cristatopinnulum'

Polystichum setiferum 'Cristatopinnulum' (new)

A very old form of our native Soft shield fern found in Dorset in 1878. The tough but feathery, heavily divided fronds have little fan shaped pinnules and reach up to 90cm high. Rarely offered.

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Polystichum setiferum 'Plumosomultilobum'

A wonderful fern. Incredibly dense, extremely divided, soft feathery fronds, quite fabulous in spring as they unfurl. The fronds on mature plants stack up on one another and head off in different directions, creating a wonderful specimen. Easy in any well drained, fairly good soil in shade/semi-shade.

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Polystichum setiferum 'Plumosum-Bevis'

Until very recently this was a very expensive rarity. Now the wonders of micro-propagation have brought you these. One of the finest of all ferns, with incredibly elegant, dark-green, uniformly and perfectly divided fronds, ending in a drawn out, tapering tip, arching out from the crown. Ht up to 120cm. Easy in any well drained, good soil in semi-shade/shade.

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Polystichum xiphophyllum (new)

Not often seen in cultivation, yet easily grown in acid or alkaline conditions, this hardy evergreen fern from India, China and Taiwan bears glossy, lance shaped, hard textured fronds on a plant 30 to 45cm tall. The silvery green patina to the fronds is distinctive and attractive. For a semi-shaded position in humusy soil.

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Pteris umbrosa (new)

Similar in general appearance, but larger and more elegant than Pteris cretica, this rarely seen evergreen fern from E. Australia has spreading fronds, the pinnae (leaflets) very slim and long. Usually grown as a pot plant overwintered under cover, this actually has a fair degree of hardiness and experimentation could be undertaken in sheltered well drained spots.

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Woodwardia orientalis

A spectacular evergreen fern originating from the Himalaya to Eastern Asia with most attractive deeply divided and tapered fronds up to 1.5m long. A mass of bulbils can be produced on the upper surface of fertile fronds, giving an easy means of propagation. Requires a sheltered position in semi-shade in milder gardens. This could be W. proliferum.

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Woodwardia unigemmata (new)

One of the very finest ferns of all for UK gardens, this magnificent beast from the Himalaya to Japan bears evergreen fronds up to 2m long, which emerge bright copper-red, turning deep green. They start fairly erect, eventually becoming horizontal under their own weight, unless grown on a bank, as often in nature, where they will cascade downwards. Hardy.

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