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Polypodium scouleri

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 aff. manmeiense (new)

From a Nepalese collection, this makes a dark evergreen species with thick textured arching shiny fronds. Usually a fairly small fern though very rarely seen in cultivation. For a sheltered humus rich spot.

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Polystichum lepidocaulon (new)

A very handsome fern, though not the hardiest, this is best long-term in a sheltered position with a little overhead cover if possible, or in milder areas. Often from maritime parts of Eastern Asia this has evergreen, shiny, leathery, pinnate fronds 30 - 60cm long. Rarely available.

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Polystichum neolobatum (new)

One of the most desired of the genus and a particularly good looking evergreen species with very thick textured and prickly edged, glossy green fronds, the stipe and rachis covered in dark-brown scales. Fronds are slightly metallic silvery when young. Many plants sold as this are actually related species. Height 45cm. For some shade and humusy soil.

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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'

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 'Plumoso-divisilobum Bland' (new)

One of the finest of the setiferum types and rarely offered, this reaches 60cm high, with highly divided fronds, quadripinnate at the base rising to tripinnate at the tip. Pinnae overlapping at the base and not at the top. Easy in ferny conditions.

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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 splendidly elegant, dark-green, uniformly and perfectly divided fronds, ending in a drawn out, tapering tip, arching out from the crown. Height up to 1.2m. Easy in any well drained, good soil in semi-shade/shade.

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Polystichum wawranum (new)

Related to the magnificent P. vestitum and like it from New Zealand, this is a little smaller growing with slightly lighter green, drawn-out, triangular evergreen fronds with a different 'look'. For a shaded, moist and humusy site. Rarely seen in cultivation in the UK.

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Polystichum x dycei (new)

A rare hybrid between two excellent species (proliferum and braunii) this forms one of the very largest of all Polystichum, up to 1.2m tall, making individual crowns of beautifully dissected lance shaped, bipinnate fronds. Can produce small plantlets at the tips of the fronds as per P. proliferum. A tough and easy large fern for shade to semi-shade.

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Polystichum xiphophyllum

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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Polystichum yunnanense (new)

A very robust, hardy and easy species with narrowly triangular glossy green fronds to 90cm long, the stipes (stalks) with very obvious brown scales. From the Sino-Himalayan region, this is a strong and easy species in UK cultivation, though rarely offered or grown.

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Pteris incompleta (new)

A rarity from very few sites in the Western Mediterranean and the Canaries, Azores and Madeira where it inhabits Laurisilva forests. A handsome species, the fronds with an elegantly drawn out apex to the lamina and also the pinnae. These fronds have black bases to the stalks and can reach up to 1.5m long in ideal conditions. For mild gardens or pot culture.

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Selaginella uncinata (new)

The prehistoric Chinese fern-relative 'Blue Spikemoss' is at its most spectacular after the first flush of growth in spring, when the peacock-blue iridescence is seen most readily. Splendid ground cover for sheltered, humid shady areas between ferns, Epimediums etc., etc., where it will reach a height of just 15cm. For humusy well drained soil. Hardy throughout the British Isles.

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Woodwardia prolifera

Usually sold as the closely related but different W. 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 are produced on the upper surface of fertile fronds, giving an easy means of propagation. Requires a sheltered position in semi-shade in milder gardens.

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Woodwardia unigemmata

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 in this form, 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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