Mexican Male Fern

Dryopteris pseudo-filix-mas

Mexican Male Fern

The Mexican Male Fern (Dryopteris pseudofilix-mas) was introduced to cultivation in the USA by our friend Dr. John Mickel at the New York Botanic Garden.

This is a lush, tall 30″ to 4 foot bold evergreen that is surprisingly cold-tolerant for those of us north of the border. With its bushy, dense habit it is not only a reliable shade garden component but can provide a low screen to define various areas in the landscape (or hide those that are better off hidden).¬†Unlike most other Dryopteris, this species continues to produce new fronds throughout the growing season.

A denizen of high elevation and moist areas in its native Mexico, it reaches its greatest potential in humus-y soils with shade. This fern is refreshingly drought-tolerant once established. It is suitable for Zones 5 to 8.

Habit: Clumping

Range: Zones 5 - 8 Learn more about zones


Type: Evergreen

Collection(s): Hardy, Mickel

Casa Flora Number: 58070