Has received the RHS Award of Garden Merit. (1993)
Common Name : male fernFamily : DryopteridaceaeType : FernHabit : Clump-formingSpread : 10-50 cmFoliage : DeciduousFoliage colour : Light greenHardiness: Hardy in the severest European continental climates < -20°Sunlight : Part Shade / Full ShadeMoisture : Moist but well-drained / Poorly-drainedSoil : Acid / Neutral / AlkalineSeason of interest : Spring - Summer - Autumn
A native, male fern found naturally in moist woodlands around the UK. This large, deciduous fern has feathery, green fronds which form a distinctive, shuttlecock shape and turn coppery in autumn. It makes a fine companion for shade-loving woodland plants, especially other ferns, and when its leaves die back, the space can be filled with early flowering spring bulbs such as snowdrops.