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Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata'
golden male fern ( syn. Dryopteris The King )
- available to order from summer
- 2 litre pot
- Position: partial shade
- Soil: moist, humus-rich soil
- Rate of growth: slow-growing
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A cultivar of the native male fern, Dryopteris affinis, found in woodlands in wetter parts of Britain, this is a handsome, semi-evergreen 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.