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  • golden male fern (syn. The King)
  • Eventual height: 0.9m
  • Eventual spread: 0.9m

Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata'

golden male fern (syn. The King)

RHS award of garden merit £9.99
Pot size 1.5 litre pot
1.5 litre pot
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  • Position: partial shade
  • Soil: moist, humus-rich soil
  • Rate of growth: slow-growing
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A cultivar of the native male fern, Dryopteris affinis, found in woodlands in wetter parts of Britain, this is a handsome, shuttlecock fern that keeps its leaves almost all year round. The young fronds unfurl a golden green and the plant retains a fresh, bright appearance throughout the summer. Try it in a moist shady border with other woodland plants.

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