Golden male fern
Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata' ('The King')
Common Name: Golden male fern
Cultivar: 'Cristata' ('The King')
Growth Rate: Slow growing
Features: Has interesting foliage
|Hardiness: Hardy||Height: 0.50 m (50 cm)|
|Sun/Shade: Partial shade||Spread: 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.
Dryopteris filix-mas 'Crispa Cristata'