Asian Sabre Fern, Long Eared Holly Fern
The Asian Sabre Fern is a tough and striking evergreen fern with dark lustrous foliage and midribs ornamented by coppery fur.
Polystichum neolobatum can reach up to 70 centimetres tall and has an open, upright habit.
This fern is native to China, Japan, Nepal, Taiwan and Tibet. It is often found in regions of the Himalayas, which hints at its hardy disposition.
Like all ferns, it is not a flowering plant – instead reproduction takes place via a complex two stage life cycle. The fern plants we use in gardening are the spore producing stage: Spores can be located on the underside of fertile fronds, often in little pouches called ‘sori.’
Care & Size Guidance
Pruning not strictly necessary, but like many evergreen ferns, you can give it a refresh by removing any dead or tatty foliage in spring before the new fronds emerge.