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Dryopteris uniformis 'Cristata'

Uniformed Petticoat Male Fern

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Item #: 3516

Zones: 5a to 8b

Dormancy: Evergreen

Height: 20" tall

Culture: Light Shade to Shade

Origin: China, Japan, Korea

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


The common name of uniformed petticoat male fern creates interesting images of a "fern in drag". From mountainous woodlands of Asia comes this stunning crested form of Dryopteris uniformis, an easy-to-grow evergreen fern, which forms a medium-sized tight clump of 2' long, erect, dark fronds. The tip of each pinnae (leaflet) is, of course, a tiny petticoat. We've grown this in our woodland shade garden for over two decades...what a absolutely fantastic fern!