Dryopteris affinis 'Crispa Gracilis'
Dwarf Crisped Golden-scaled Male Fern
Item #: 14284
Zones: 4a to 7b
Height: 8" tall
Culture: Light Shade
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?
(aka: Dryopteris affinis 'Congesta Cristata') Dryopteris affinis 'Crispa Gracillis' is a charming dwarf semi-evergreen form of the widespread European native male fern, selected in the UK around 1880. The small rock garden-sized clumps, to 8" tall x 8" wide, are composed of narrow, upright, tightly congested (like my nose in pollen season) fronds, each with upturned tips. Since Dryopteris 'Crispa Gracilis' is so small and well-behaved, be sure to site it away from larger aggressive neighbors who might try to smother it when you aren't looking.