Cristata the King Male Fern

Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata-The King'

Cristata the King Male Fern

‘Cristata the King’ (Dryopteris affinis) is the “king” of the many Dryopteris affinis cultivars. The species, commonly called the Golden-scaled Male Fern is a distinguished wintergreen with a highly ornamental flourish of spring fronds garnished with shaggy “golden scales”. This characteristic carries on to its many varieties making them a very welcome addition to the beauty of spring. The king’s 2 to 4 foot fronds are crowned by shredded tips, and this crested feature manifests itself on the tips of the pinnae as well giving the entire frond a unique silhouette. The king is especially appropriate as a grand focal point in gardens from Zones 4 and higher.

Habit: Spreading

Range: Zones 4 - 8 Learn more about zones


Type: Deciduous

Collection(s): Hardy, Mickel

Casa Flora Number: 58043