Golden male fern

Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata' ('The King')

Golden male fern  - Dryopteris affinis  'Cristata' ('The King')

Common Name: Golden male fern
Genus: Dryopteris
Species: affinis
Cultivar: 'Cristata' ('The King')

Category: Ferns
Growth Rate: Slow growing
Features: Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.50 m (50 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shadeSpread: 0.80 m (80 cm)

Foliage Type: Semi Evergreen
Foliage Colour: Gold, Green

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Clay/Heavy
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained or Boggy, poorly drained

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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