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Dryopteris affinis ssp. affinis

Golden Scaled Male Fern

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Item #: 3724

Zones: 4a to 8b

Dormancy: Evergreen

Height: 30" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Shade

Origin: England

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?


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In our garden, the golden scaled male fern has certainly proved to be one of the most adaptable and vigorous ferns. Dryopteris affinis ssp. affinis makes a semi-evergreen 2' tall x 2' wide clump whose foliage holds until it simply falls apart in early spring. Dryopteris affinis makes a nice solitary specimen but is also great for a mass planting in the woodland shade garden. Dryopteris affinis is equally successful at home in either acidic or alkaline soils as long as it doesn't get extremely dry in summer.