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  • Eventual height: 0.6m
  • Eventual spread: 0.5m

Dryopteris filix-mas 'Cristata'

male fern

5 year guarantee RHS award of garden merit
9cm pot £6.99

This fern is deciduous so all its fronds will die back in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again each spring.

  • Position: partial shade
  • Soil: moist, humus-rich soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    The mid-green fronds are crested at their tips and at the ends of divisions, and form robus, upright shuttlecock-like shapes. A useful groundcover under trees, as it is quite drought tolerant once it has had a chance to become established. Ideal for naturalised planting schemes and woodland gardens, where it mixes well with other shade loving plants such as Hosta, Polygonatum and Helleborus.

  • 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.