Tassel Fern Fronds Summer Growth Unfurling - August 2021
Earlier this Spring, I planted two pairs of two new ferns (at least they were new to me) in the backyard bed near where I transplanted a bunch of Ostrich Ferns last year. They are in the shadow of the big Northern Red Oak tree (Tree Swing Tree).
The two different ferns were Shaggy Shield fern - Dryopteris cycadina - and Tassel fern - Polystichum polyblepharum. They were small 4" containers with small ferns when I planted them in. I applied a thick layer of mulch. The Shaggy Shield (or sometimes called Shaggy Wood Fern) is doing fine. But, that's not why I'm posting here.
I noticed some new growth on the Japanese Tassel Ferns - Polystichum polyblepharum - that helps me understand how they received their name. Back in that post, I talked about how the new fronds kind of curl up to look like tassels. This screenshot below of the listing from Gardenia says it best, I think:
That's exactly the stage of some of the new growth on our first-year Japanese Tassel Ferns right now. The photo at the very top of this post shows this new, young growth *after* it unfurls. But...Check out the photo below to see those golden hairs and how they've kind of 'flipped backwards' to show themselves off as a tassel.