Dryopteris Filix Mas
(Male Fern)


January - October
150cm x 100cm
Partial Shade, Shade
Easy Care
Fully Hardy
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Dryopteris Filix Mas, the “Macho Fern” of the plant world. This fern is all about manly fronds and a carefree attitude. Your garden’s tough guy, no strings attached!

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Dryopteris Filix Mas, the "Macho Fern" or Male Fern has a charismatic charming energy that's hard to resist. This rugged yet appealing semi-evergreen fern, native to Europe and North America, is the perfect companion for your garden. With finely divided, feathery fronds in an upright habit that are reminiscent of a macho mustache, this fern stands impactfully tall and adds an air of boldness to your outdoor space, reminiscent of a dapper gentleman. Dryopteris Filix Mas also known as the 'Shield Fern' or the 'Basket Fern' is adaptable and can thrive in a variety of environments, from moist woodlands to shaded corners, beds and borders or used for ground cover and under-planting. Its tolerance to fluctuating temperatures makes it a reliable choice for your garden, just like a steadfast friend. Caring for this fern is as straightforward as a casual conversation with a buddy. Plant it in well-drained soil, and it'll do just fine with minimal attention. This fern is like that easygoing friend who doesn't demand much but adds a distinct character to your garden. In a humorous twist, Dryopteris Filix Mas is also known as the "Male Fern." Despite its name, it's perfect for gardens of all genders, offering a unique and attractive presence that's hard to overlook. If you're looking for a plant with a macho appeal that doesn't take itself too seriously, Dryopteris Filix Mas is your go-to choice. It's the charming, easygoing buddy your garden deserves. Let it bring character and a dash of humour to your outdoor space.  

Planting Conditions

Planting Dryopteris Filix Mas, the "Male Fern," is a straightforward task. Choose a spot with well-drained soil and partial to full shade, replicating its woodland habitat. This adaptable fern can thrive in various settings, from moist woodlands to shaded corners, making it a versatile choice for your garden. It's a no-fuss plant that withstands temperature fluctuations, proving itself as a resilient and dependable addition to your outdoor space. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or just starting out, this fern is like that friend who effortlessly fits into any social circle. Plant it, water it occasionally, and let it flourish in your garden with a confident energy.

Watering & Feeding

Dryopteris Filix Mas, the "Male Fern," keeps things simple when it comes to watering and feeding. It prefers consistently moist soil but not waterlogged. Water when the topsoil begins to dry. This fern isn't demanding when it comes to feeding; it typically thrives on the nutrients already present in your garden soil. Occasional feeding with a balanced, slow-release fertiliser during the growing season can enhance its vitality, but it's not a necessity. It's the kind of friend who doesn't ask for much, so you can enjoy its robust presence in your garden with minimal effort. Keep it happy, and it'll keep adding that macho charm to your outdoor space.

General Care

Caring for Dryopteris Filix Mas, the "Male Fern," is as easy as a Sunday morning. Plant it in well-drained soil with partial to full shade, replicating its woodland habitat. This adaptable fern requires minimal attention but offers maximum charm. Keep the soil consistently moist, avoiding waterlogged conditions. Dryopteris Filix Mas thrives on the nutrients present in your garden, requiring minimal feeding. With its resilient nature, it can endure temperature fluctuations without a fuss. Just like a reliable friend, this fern adds character to your garden with little maintenance, making it an excellent choice for both seasoned and novice gardeners alike. It's the low-maintenance buddy you can count on.