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Gerald L. Klingaman
Common Male Fern
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.
8 - 1
4 - 8
A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
Partial Shade, Full Shade
2'-5' / 0.6m - 1.5m
3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m
North America, Europe, Asia
Feature Plant, Mixed Border
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