Dryopteris affinis

Dryopteris affinis

Golden male fern

Key Information

  • Botanical name: Dryopteris affinis
  • Common name: Golden male fern
  • Plant type: Perennial
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 90cm

Spread: 90cm

Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Dramatic foliage

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Dryopteris affinis is a magnificent garden fern, bearing a shuttlecock of long, upright, pale green fronds with contrasting brown, scaley stems in spring. In mild winters it will stay green, but in cold, exposed positions it's more likely to be deciduous.

Despite needing shade to thrive, Dryopteris affinis happily tolerates several hours of sun each day, and is more wind-resistant than most ferns. It's a great choice for damp, shady parts of the garden, where it has terrific presence, contrasting well with low groundcover plants. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Position

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, Partial shade, Full shade
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Front, Middle
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Clay/heavy/moist

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Plant
Plant
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J F M A M J J A S O N D
Divide
Divide
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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

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