Male fern

Dryopteris filix-mas 'Crispa Cristata'

Male fern - Dryopteris filix-mas  'Crispa Cristata'

Common Name: Male fern
Genus: Dryopteris
Species: filix-mas
Cultivar: 'Crispa Cristata'

Category: Ferns
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shadeSpread: 0.50 m (50 cm)

Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Colour: Green

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

An unusual variety of the male fern with crested mid-green fronds which form the distinctive shuttlecock shape. Each individual leaflet on the frond is also crested and crisped, giving it its unique shape. An excellent companion for shade-loving woodland plants, it's perfect for a partially shady, moist, humus-rich border sheltered from strong winds.

  • Garden care: Incorporate lots of well-rotted leaf mould, composted pine needles or garden compost into the planting hole

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Male fern - Dryopteris filix-mas

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Dryopteris filix-mas