Fern

Dryopteris spp.

Buckler Fern, Male Fern

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There are hundreds of evergreen and semi-evergreen Dryopteris fern species. Adapted to moist, shady, forest habitats, most species are located in Eastern Asia, with others in this genus found across Europe, America, Africa and the Pacific islands. They are known as one of the most hybridising genera of ferns and many cultivars have been produced for ornamental garden plants. Featherlike fronds emerge and uncurl beautifully in spring and evergreen varieties provide winter interest. Most species prefer moist soil while others can tolerate drier conditions when mature. Generally low maintenance, propagation by spores can be difficult.

Propagation

Special features

Attractive leaves

Ground cover

Pot plant

Wet sites

Environment

Light

Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Compost, Clay, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Alkaline, Acid

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Dryopteridaceae

Scent

None

Problems

Generally pest and disease free

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