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Dryopteris affinis 'Crispa Gracilis' | Scaly Male Fern - 55-60cm, 5lt

Dryopteris affinis 'Crispa Gracilis' | Scaly Male Fern - 55-60cm, 5lt

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Dryopteris affinis 'Crispa Gracilis' is a lovely, dwarf, compact, bushy, semi-evergreen, male fern with lanceolate, pale green fronds with slender, curled pinnules and golden-brown scales on long, brown, upright stems. Dryopteris affinis 'Crispa Gracilis' is very easy to grow. It is tolerant of most soil types, but thrives in fertile, moist, well-drained soils. It can grow in full sun if given enough moisture, but prefers full shade and partial shade. Once established, resistant to drought. Evergreen in milder climates. In cold, exposed areas, usually deciduous. Generally, disease-free and pest-free if grown outdoors. Low maintenance plant, doesn’t require pruning. Scaly male fern 'Crispa Gracillis' is a lovely, elegant and decorative plant, perfect for shady garden areas or under-planting of roses and shrubs. Great for flower beds and borders. It is excellent for adding form and texture to small informal, cottage, and wildlife gardens. Very good looking in rock and gravel gardens. Suitable for growing in containers.
  • Common Name

    Scaly male fern 'Crispa Gracillis'

  • Family


  • Type

    semi-evergreen fern

  • Pot Size


  • Height (cm)


  • Native To

    garden origin, UK

  • Flower


  • Foliage

    lanceolate, pale green fronds with slender, curled pinnules and golden-brown scales

  • Maturation period

    5–10 years

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height


Mature Width


Shape / habit


Preferred Location


North–facing or West–facing or East–facing, exposed or sheltered

Soil Type

acid, alkaline, neutral, full shade, partial shade

Soil moisture

moist but well–drained

Growing Period




all year


no fruit

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