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Dryopteris filix-mas
Dryopteris filix-mas
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Dryopteris filix-mas

Male Fern

USDA Zone: 3-9

Plant number: 9.030.250

A beautiful and easy woodland fern, native across the Northern Hemisphere. The large light-green triangular fronds form a good-sized clump with a well behaved, non-spreading habit. Well suited to use in any moist, shady situation. Combines well in the garden with Hosta and most other shade-loving perennials. Also useful in tubs or mixed containers. Deciduous, remove old fronds in late fall or spring. Mulch around the plants with dead leaves in the fall, to help conserve moisture in summer.

Further details for
Dryopteris filix-mas

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Partial Shade or
  Full Shade
Soil Type
  Sandy or
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
  Average or
Care Level
Flower Colour
Blooming Time
Foliage Color
  Light Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Deer Resistant
  Rabbit Resistant
  Wild Flower
   60-90 cm
   23-35 inches
   60-90 cm
   23-35 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate
Disclaimer: This information is presented for reference only. This plant is not currently part of our Heritage Perennials lineup.