Dryopteris affinis

Golden-scaled Male Fern

(12 customer reviews)

From: £11.95

The Golden Scaled Male fern is exceptionally tough and accommodating, withstanding full sun, dry soil and even exposed windy positions. Yet it still comes up uncomplainingly and puts on a show.


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Origin: temperate Europe
Genus: Dryopteris
Species / Cultivar: affinis
Common Name: Golden-scaled Male Fern
Synonym: Dryopteris pseudomas
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Final Size: Medium
Final size will be suitable for a table, plant stand, or large strong shelf.
Water Requirement: High
Likely to require supplementary watering in warmer months, even once established.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun to Full Shade
Tolerates the complete range of light levels, a very accommodating plant!
Eventual Height: 1-1.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.5-1m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Lifecycle: Perennial
This plant is persistant and does not die off after flowering. It will return each season indefinitely, if provided with suitable growing conditions.

Expert Tip

It makes a great statement mixed with other low ground cover plants in shaded parts of the garden. Due to its ultimate height it's best to be planted in middle the of borders.
Care & Size Guidance

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.

Strong, healthy plant. This is my second order I’ve had from The Palm centre and couldn’t be happier with the product and packaging. Thank you

Rebecca H

Strong, healthy plant. This is my second order I’ve had from The Palm centre and couldn’t be happier with the product and packaging. Thank you

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12 customer reviews for Dryopteris affinis

The latest of a number of purchases from Palm Centre and, as usual, absolutely
first class plants at a great price.

Terry O.

Love ferns, Have 3 of these now all doing great

G Daniel

I have a corner in amongst my shrubs where this will look lovely especially if planted with Polianthes Tuberosa close by

Jane Romyn

Plants excellent. Packaged very well and delivered promptly. Only question is I ordered 3 litre plants and got 2/3 litre ones.