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Dryopteris filix-mas

Male Fern
Polypodiaceae
Evergreen, Ferns

DRYOPTERIS

One of the largest genera of ferns, with well over 100 species from many parts of the world. Used in shade or woodland gardens, where their fronds contrast nicely with the foliage of other plants, especially large-leafed sorts such as hostas and hydrangeas. Wood ferns grow best in rich soil with plenty of organic matter and regular moisture. They tolerate dry shade.

Dryopteris filix-mas

Native to much of the Northern Hemisphere. Grows to 2–5 ft. tall and wide, with finely cut, medium green fronds to 1 ft. wide. Usually evergreen, sometimes deciduous. Tolerates considerable drought when grown in full shade.

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