Dryopteris affinis 'Crispa Gracilis'

Dryopteris affinis ‘Crispa Gracilis’

Scaly male fern

  • Botanical name: Dryopteris affinis 'Crispa Gracilis'
  • Common name: Scaly male fern
  • Family: Dryopteridaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Deciduous
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Dryopteris affinis is a magnificent garden fern, bearing a shuttlecock of long, upright, pale green fronds with contrasting brown, scaly stems in spring. In mild winters it will stay green, but in cold, exposed positions it’s more likely to be deciduous.


Dryopteris affinis ‘Crispa Gracilis’ has a more compact habit than the species, and has pretty crisped and crested fronds. It’s perfect for growing in the rock garden or as part of a container display, where its compact habit and delicate frond patterns can be fully appreciated. 


Grow Dryopteris affinis ‘Crispa Gracilis’ in a damp part of the garden, in partial shade.

How to grow Dryopteris 'Crispa Gracilis'

  • Plant size

    30cm height

    30cm spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, east facing

  • Position in border


  • Sun exposure: Partial shade, full shade
  • Shade type: Damp
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Clay / heavy / moist

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

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Do Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Dryopteris 'Crispa Gracilis' and wildlife

Dryopteris 'Crispa Gracilis' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Dryopteris 'Crispa Gracilis' poisonous?

Dryopteris 'Crispa Gracilis' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Dryopteris 'Crispa Gracilis'