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Dryopteris filix-mas 'Cristata'

Crested Male Fern

Hardy Perennial

What is Hardy Perennial?

Upright shuttlecock shape

Interesting crinkled foliage

Tolerates dry shade

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Dryopteris filix-mas ‘Cristata’ is a charming version of the common ‘Male Fern’ that comes with extra frills! The fronds are adorned with crested tips, giving an interesting, crinkly appearance. This vigorous fern forms strong, upright shuttlecocks of emerging fronds in the spring. Plant it in drifts through woodland-type borders. Its fresh green foliage offers a good textural contrast to other ferns and shade-loving plants. Deciduous to semi-evergreen. RHS Award of Garden Merit. Height: 60 - 90 cm (24-35in). Spread: 45 - 60 cm (18-24in).

Plant height and spread is seasonal therefore we list by pot size rather than a defined plant size. The height and spread of the plant delivered will vary depending on the season, meaning arrival images are an indication only.

Height Up to 90cm (35in)
Spread Up to 60cm (24in)

Hardy Perennial

dappled shadeshade


3 x 9cm Potted Plants (KF7467)
1 x 9cm Potted Plant (KF7466)

Plant in partial shade in fertile, moist, acid or neutral, soil. Ferns prefer a soil that is rich in organic matter so add some well rotted manure or garden compost to the soil prior to planting.
Feed and water ferns regularly until they are fully established. Leave old fronds on over winter to protect the crown. Apply a mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost around each plant in spring.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

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