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DRYOPTERIS filix-mas 'Linearis Polydactyla'

Image of Dryopteris filix-mas 'Linearis Polydactyla'

James H. Schutte

Family

Dryopteridaceae

Botanical Name

DRYOPTERIS filix-mas 'Linearis Polydactyla'

Plant Common Name

Common Male Fern

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

Common male fern is a large deciduous fern native to many temperate regions of Europe, Asia and North America. Its large, glossy green fronds arise from an erect rhizome. With greater height, the fronds tend to become ever-so-slightly arching.

Like most ferns it excels in shade and moist soil, though once established it will tolerate some sun and drier conditions. Nearly any soil pH type is acceptable as long as there is organic matter incorporated. Common male fern performs well in woodland borders and wildflower gardens where its height and leaf texture will contrast other shade-loving plants such as hostas, rhododendrons or ground ivies. It may be partially evergreen in mild winters.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Fern

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    2'-5' / 0.6m - 1.5m

  • Width

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Native To

    North America, Europe, Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No