Male fern

Dryopteris filix-mas

Male fern - Dryopteris filix-mas

Common Name: Male fern
Genus: Dryopteris
Species: filix-mas

Category: Ferns
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has colourful autumn foliage

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

Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Colour: Bronze, Green

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

A native male fern found naturally in moist woodlands around the UK. This large deciduous fern has feathery green fronds which form a distinctive shuttlecock shape and turn coppery in autumn. It makes a fine companion for shade-loving woodland plants, especially other ferns and when it's leaves die back the space can be filled with early flowering spring bulbs such as snowdrops.

  • Garden care: Incorporate lots of well-rotted leaf mould, composted pine needles or garden compost into the planting hole. Cut back dead fronds in winter.

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