Male Fern (Dryopteris filix-mas) has been in cultivation in the United States and abroad for many centuries.
Male Fern was traditionally used as a popular and frequently used medicinal plant curing an assortment of ills (including the elimination of tapeworms! Yuck) and hence was a desirable plant for the home garden. Fortunately we now have modern medicine to cure those sorts of ills, but the fern remains a lovely and robust ornamental for filling in the woodlands.
The deciduous lanceolate fronds stretch up to four feet on a happy plant. Not fussy about soil or location, it and its many cultivars can be easily introduced to gardens in Zones 4 and higher.
Collection(s): Hardy, Native
Casa Flora Number: 58066