Dryopteris a tufted fern that can be evergreen, semi evergreen or deciduous may go by a few different names such as Male fern, basket fern or shield fern. Dryopteris has large upright or grow on the ground roots with large oval divided shaped leaves that will be green in the summer spring and autumn, Easy to grow but needs to be kept well watered at first till it gets established also benefits from a good mulching in its first season, very good to grow in the shade and is a brilliant under plant to add texture to the ground when you have taller shrubs or trees, Dryopteris will grow to around 1.5 meters tall and 1 meter wide if left untouched as not pruning is required unless you are removing dead leaves.
Dryopteris ferns are mostly deciduous but in mild winters some do stay green in sheltered sites. They bear pinnate to 4 pinnate fronds, they produce kidney shaped spores. The foliage looks very attractive planted with herbaceous perennials and shrubs
Dryopteris ferns are mostly deciduous but in mild winters some do stay green in sheltered sites. The foliage looks very attractive planted with herbaceous perennials and shrubs Semi-evergreen fern with fronds which are often coppery-red when young turning shiny dark green and pink spores.Slow creeping rhizome producing a tuft of triangular 2 or 3 pinnate fronds upto 60cm long
Evergreen fern. The young unfolding fronds are a golden green in the Spring and contrast well with hairy black centres and stems. Needs moist conditions though not boggy acidic soil in the shade for best results. H.75cm Learn More