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Dryopteris filix-mas

Male Fern

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Dryopteris filix-mas is one of the commonest ferns in Europe, particularly in the British Isles. It has been cultivated as a medicinal plant for millennia for treating pain, fever, infection and is particularly effective in treating tapeworms! The common name Male Fern was ascribed by the Ancient Greeks due to its robust constitution (Lady Fern being the delicate and lacy Athyrium filix-femina). It is one of the most accommodating ferns for the garden. Although tolerating a wide range of conditions once established, semi-shade and moist soil produces the most attractive plants. Like any deciduous plant remember to allow space if planting when dormant!

Dryopteris filix-mas Identification Sheet

Origin
Almost pan global, including the British Isles
Genus
Dryopteris
Species
filix-mas
Common name(s)
Male Fern
Synonym
Dryopteris caucasia x oreades
Situation
Any situation, any good soil
Eventual height
1.2m
Eventual spread
90cm
Hardiness
Fully hardy
Skill level
Easy

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