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Dryopteris filix-mas 'Linearis'

Male fern

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Plant type

Hardy perennial


Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Jo Whitworth
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Plant details

This deciduous fern forms a large clump of narrow, lance-shaped, green leaves, with slightly darker green midribs. Leaves have a delicate appearance and look stunning planted among contrasting bold foliage plants. This fern requires shade and moist soil. Propagate by spores in the summer or by division in autumn or winter.

Family: Dryopteridaceae

Genus: Dryopteris

Species: filix-mas

Cultivar: Linearis

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 100cm

Spread: 100cm

Time to divide plants: November to December

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