Dryopteris affinis Cristata The King (Scaly Male Fern) 1.5l

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Scaly Male Fern

An award-winning and resilient fern which thrives in most conditions.

Create a beautiful woodland style with Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata' - a striking and robust plant which provides a long season of interest with very little fuss. This gorgeous fern is the ideal low-maintenance option for any sheltered location, tolerating most soil types. Growing to a height of up to 1.5m and producing lush, upright fronds with a scaly texture, it's a fabulous architectural plant which can sit happily in most gardens, from modern and contemporary, to more traditional or cottage-style plantings. This fern loves a cool, shaded location, but it will also tolerate full sun as long as it has plenty of moisture. Unfurling with fresh new fronds every spring, this hardy, resilient variety provides a lovely green backdrop for flowering plants which lasts right through to winter. Underplant it with woodland bulbs like daffodils and bluebells for a real spring treat.

An easy-to-grow hardy fern for any sheltered border, producing attractive crested fronds.

Key Features

Plant Type: Fern

Hardiness: H5 Hardy. Minimum temperature -15 to -10.

Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 1.5m x W 1.5m (Mature age: 5 Years)

Foliage Colour: Green, Yellow

Flower Colour: -

Fragrant Flower: No

Aromatic Foliage: No

RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes

RHS Perfect for Pollinators: No

Foliage Type: Evergreen

Soil Type: Loam, Chalky, Sandy, Clay, Acid, Alkaline

Soil Drainage: Moist but Well Drained

Light Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade, Full Shade

Planting Style: Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Urban Garden, Courtyard Garden, Flower Beds & Borders, Woodland Garden, Damp Shade

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Plant Care & Advice

Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata' (Scaly Male Fern) loves a sheltered location in full or partial shade, but it can tolerate full sun as long as it has plenty of moisture. A great choice for woodland gardens, beds and borders.

This variety loves any well-drained, moist soil. It can tolerate dry shade but will require regular watering until established. Mulch in spring with garden compost or bark chippings.

Water regularly throughout the first year to help the anchor the roots. Once established, this variety will require very little additional watering unless planted in very dry shade.

It's not necessary to feed your fern, although you can apply an occasional all-purpose liquid feed during the first season to help it to establish.

Cut back any old or tatty foliage in spring to make space for the fresh new foliage to grow.