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Dryopteris affinis The King
Dryopteris affinis The King
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Dryopteris affinis The King

Golden-scaled Male Fern

USDA Zone: 4-9

Plant number: 9.030.330

(='Cristata') This fern has been in gardens since Victorian times. It forms a medium to large-sized clump of arching, deep-green fronds, each leaflet “crested” or divided at the tips. Plants are clumping in habit, and well suited to use in any moist, shady situation. Also useful in tubs or mixed containers, combining beautifully with other shade-loving plants, such as Hostas or Hellebores. Semi-evergreen in mild winter regions, but the old fronds should be trimmed off in spring. Mulch around the plants with dead leaves in the fall, to help conserve moisture in summer.

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Dryopteris affinis The King

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Partial Shade or
  Full Shade
Soil Type
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
  Average or
Care Level
Flower Colour
Blooming Time
Foliage Color
  Deep Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Attracts Butterflies
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Rabbit Resistant
   60-120 cm
   23-47 inches
   75-90 cm
   29-35 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate