Dryopteris affinis ‘Cristata The King’
Golden-scaled Male Fern
King of the Male ferns is one of the largest and most accommodating crested ferns it is possible to grow.
When at its best, each leaflet displays a crest or tuft of growth at the end transforming the plant into a graceful yet large specimen that is eye-catchingly imposing in a mixed border or fernery.
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‘Cristata The King’ is a handsome rosette-forming fern, with large finely divided fronds crested and twisted at the tips. This species thrives in any situation that replicates a woodland environment, adoring moist soil and dappled shade.
Care & Size Guidance
The Dryopteris affinis is one of the most robust ferns native to the UK.
Fronds remain attached to the plant after withering. A good clean-up in spring will encourage the golden scaled male fern to push new fronds. Considered evergreen in milder areas but classed as semi-evergreen for colder parts of the country.