Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata'
golden male fern (syn. The King)
Erect fronds with branching crested tips at the tops and at the edges of each frond give this magnificent subject the title of King of the Ferns
- Position: partial shade
- Soil: moist, humus-rich soil
- Rate of growth: slow-growing
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A cultivar of the native male fern, Dryopteris affinis, found in woodlands in wetter parts of Britain, this is a handsome, shuttlecock fern that keeps its leaves almost all year round. The young fronds unfurl a golden green and the plant retains a fresh, bright appearance throughout the summer. Try it in a moist shady border with other woodland plants.
- Garden care: Incorporate lots of well-rotted leaf mould, composted pine needles or garden compost into the planting hole. Cut back decayed fronds in winter to allow new growth to emerge.