Dryopteris affinis Crispa Gracilis

Scaly Male Fern Crispa Gracilis

An adaptable, low-maintenance fern for partial shade, Dryopteris affinis Crispa Gracilis is a semi-evergreen perennial fern with a shuttlecock habit, smaller than the species. In very mild areas it will remain evergreen. The fronds are pale green with golden-brown scales on the stems, and are elaborately crested, giving a slightly congested appearance – the name means ‘curly and graceful’. This fern is fairly drought-tolerant once established, and will tolerate full sun in reliably moist soil. Scaly male fern Crispa Gracilis holds the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Site: Tolerates exposure
Soil: Any moist but well-drained soil
Position: Partial shade
Season of interest: All year in mild areas
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Height: 1’ (30cm) Spread: 1’ (30cm)

Photo by Ellie Enking, cropped, and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Type | Size: Pot | 11cm
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