Join Our Gardening Club

Dryopteris filix-mas

Male Fern, Shield Fern

Hardy Perennial

What is Hardy Perennial?

Tolerates dry shade

UK native

Coppery autumn colours

Want to get notified when back in stock?

Loading...
Please note: This product cannot be delivered outside the United Kingdom.
Description How to Grow More Info Delivery

Erect, fresh green fronds rise up into a bold shuttlecock shape reaching up to 120cm. The young fronds with their coiled crosiers in bright acid green are especially fabulous in spring. Dryopteris filix-mas or ‘Male Fern’ is a vigorous fern, native to the UK. It is particularly useful for being one of the few ferns that are tolerant of dry shade. Low maintenance and easy to grow, once well established it will adapt to challenging situations. The dying fronds turn copper in autumn and can be cleared away in spring to enjoy the site of fresh young croziers emerging. Looks perfect with other informal woodland plants such as Digitalis and Pulmonaria. Height: 120cm (47in).  Spread: 100cm (39in).

Height Up to 120cm (47in)
Spread Up to 100cm (39in)

Hardy Perennial

dappled shadeshade


1 x 9cm Potted Plant (KF7464)
3 x 9cm Potted Plants (KF7465)

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.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £6.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £7.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Large items may incur a higher delivery charge - this will be displayed in your shopping basket.

Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

WHY NOT TRY THIS INSTEAD

100 Days of Colour Collection

100 Days of Colour Collection

36 Reviews
Add To Basket

2 Options From£19.99

12-Shelf Replacement Greenhouse Cover

12-Shelf Replacement Greenhouse Cover

0 Reviews
Add To Basket

Just£39.99

24 Cell Windowsill Greenhouse

24 Cell Windowsill Greenhouse

12 Reviews
Add To Basket

3 Options From£8.99

3 Tiered Planter

3 Tiered Planter

2 Reviews
Add To Basket

Just£34.99

4 Seater Aluminium Garden Furniture Set

4 Seater Aluminium Garden Furniture Set

0 Reviews
Add To Basket

Just£799.99

4 Seater Aluminium Lounge Set

4 Seater Aluminium Lounge Set

0 Reviews
Add To Basket

Just£899.99

6 Seater Aluminium Dining Set

6 Seater Aluminium Dining Set

0 Reviews
Add To Basket

Just£999.99

Abelia 'Edward Goucher'

Abelia 'Edward Goucher'

0 Reviews
Add To Basket

3 Options From£21.99

Abelia mosanensis 'Monia'

Abelia mosanensis 'Monia'

0 Reviews
Add To Basket

Just£29.99

Abelia 'Pinky Bells'

Abelia 'Pinky Bells'

1 Review
Add To Basket

3 Options From£29.99

Abelia x grandiflora

Abelia x grandiflora

1 Review
Add To Basket

3 Options From£29.99

Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope'

Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope'

7 Reviews
Add To Basket

6 Options From£13.99

Sign up to the Van Meuwen Gardener's Club for Special Offers

JOIN NOW