Dryopteris affinis/Golden-scaled Male Fern

Dryopteris affinis / Dryopteris affinis
Summer foliage in a woodland garden
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Summer foliage in a woodland garden

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Scientific Name: Dryopteris affinis
Common Name: Golden-scaled Male Fern
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Comments: Golden scales cover the stems and give this fern its common name. This native fern is evergreen in the south and and is semi-evergreen further north. Easy to grow and a large fern makes it a natural for the landscape.