Photo by T. Avent taken at Chopko Gdn, NJ
Photo by JLBG taken at Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC
Dryopteris filix-mas 'Linearis Polydactyla'
Slender Crested Male Fern
Item #: 2256
Zones: 3a to 7b
Height: 36" tall
Origin: Canada, Europe, United States
Dryopteris 'Linearis Polydactyla' is an old English selection of Dryopteris filix-mas, which shares a native range of both North America and Europe. The common name, slender crested male fern, sounds like one of fancy royal folks with four names and a hyphen! This open-growing, deciduous male fern selection produces 3' tall fronds with an airy texture. At the end of each leaf is a forked pinnule...it splits in two. Each frond also ends in a cute little petticoat. This darling mingler is superb when blended with other bold textured woodland inhabitants like hostas.