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Male Fern

Evergreen foliage remains attractive all season. More sun and drought tolerant than most ferns, making this an adaptable, easy-to-grow choice for container gardening, shaded perennial beds or for naturalizing among wild ginger, trillium and wild geranium. Prefers humus-rich soil.

Companion Plants

Coral Bells

False Spirea

Sweet Woodruff

Plant Details

  • Common name

    Male Fern

  • Botanical name

    Dryopteris filix-mas

  • Variety


  • Zone

    USDA Zone 3 (-40°F) to USDA Zone 9 (20°F).

  • Light

    Part sun

  • Height

    24-36" (61-91 cm)

  • Habit


  • Feed

    Use all-purpose

  • Water

    Weekly during dry spells

  • Bloom Time

    No Bloom

  • Maintenance

    Mulch to reduce weeds

This plant also belongs to the following collections:

  • Sydney I.'s collection