Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata'
scaly male fern 'Cristata'
'Cristata' is a robust, nearly evergreen fern to 1.2m tall, with rosettes of erect to arching bipinnate fronds, handsomely crested at the tips of the fronds and pinnae
SynonymsDryopteris affinis 'The King'
Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata The King'
see moreDryopteris pseudomas 'Cristata'
Dryopteris affinis subsp. affinis 'Cristata The King'
Dryopteris affinis Cristata Group
Dryopteris pseudomas 'Cristata the King'
Ultimate height1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height5–10 years
Ultimate spread1–1.5 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
- Full shade
- Full sun
- Partial shade
South–facing or West–facing or North–facing or East–facing
ExposureExposed or Sheltered
- Native to the UK
- Semi evergreen
Dryopteris can be deciduous, semi-evergreen or evergreen ferns, with stout, erect or decumbent rhizomes and shuttlecock-like rosettes of lance-shaped to ovate, pinnately divided fronds
- Name status
How to grow
Easy to grow in most cool, moist, lightly shaded sites and will grow in full sun if given plenty of moisture. Tolerant of dry shade but water regularly in their first season and mulch well
Propagate by sowing spores as soon as ripe or by division in spring
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- City and courtyard gardens
- Cottage and informal garden
- Flower borders and beds
- Underplanting of roses and shrubs
Dead or damaged fronds may be removed as necessary
Generally pest free outdoors
Generally disease free outdoors
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