Polystichum setiferum: Soft Shield Fern
Cultivars of the Soft Shield Fern are numerous and extremely varied. The classification of these cultivars has become a mini-specialisation of its own. Several forms are widely grown and commonly available, but many more are known and collected by specialist fern growers. Before the advent of tissue-culture, cultivars such as ‘Bevis’ were among the most sought-after and expensive of ferns.