Polystichum × dycei

Dyce's holly fern

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  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

This large, robust evergreen fern forms a vase-shaped bouquet of dark green, shiny fronds. Perfect for a bold, yet delicate statement in the small garden, or plant en masse in a woodland garden for a striking effect. No full sun for this shade lover; from open to dappled shade is best.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: fern

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 8

Sun/Light Exposure: open or dappled shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: year-round evergreen fern fronds

Culture Notes
Plant in open to dappled shade and the soil should be well draining, but rich in humus. Water regularly or frequently during dry periods. Cut the fronds to the ground in late February or early March.
Geek Notes
A hybrid between Polystichum proliferum and P. braunii created by Ann Sleep at the University of Leeds located in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. The specific epithet honors British botanist and fern enthusiast James Wood Dyce (1905-1996).