Scientific Name: Polystichum polyblepharum
Common Name: Japanese tassel fern
Family Name: Dryopteridaceae
Origin: S.E. Asia / Japan / China
Hardiness Zone: Zone 5: (-29 to -23 °C)
Plant Type: Fern
Mature Size: 0.4 - 0.7m x 0.3 - 0.6m (height x width)
Habit: Arching
Form: Vase
Texture: Medium
Landscape Uses: Alpine, Ground cover, Group or mass planting, Mixed shrub border, Rock garden, Summer interest, Winter interest, Woodland margin
Exposure: Part sun/part shade, Filtered shade, Deep shade
Soil or Media: Acidic, Humus rich, Well-drained
Leaves: Compound, Fern-like, Basal, Leathery, Prickly, Lustrous, Bipinnate, Oblong, Ovate, Dentate
Fruit: Sporangium (spores), Brown, Aug-Sep, (Persistent)
Key ID Features:
Fronds shiny, bipinnate, dark green, up to 60cm long; pinnae finely divided and overlapping; crosiers flip over backwards as the newly emerging fronds expand to form "tassels".