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Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata The King' - 2L Plant



Catalogue Code: 5130-5199

Support British Grown RHS Award of Garden Merit
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Regular price £16.99
Known as ‘The King of the Male Ferns’ or ‘Scaly Male Fern’, this semi-evergreen plant has large arching bipinnate fronds that are twisted at the tips. These fronds come together to form a shuttlecock with a height and spread of around 1.5m. Dryopteris affinis ‘Cristata The King’ thrives in moist soils in full sun, partial or full shade. Holds the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.

Key Features

  • Perfect for pots and containers
  • Hardy perennial
  • Disease resistant
  • Bolt resistant
  • Prefers part shade
  • Prefers shade

Pack Contents: 2L Potted Plant

Size: Fully established spread: 90cm

Height: Fully established: 90cm


  • Attractive arching feathery fronds
  • Holds the RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Grows in full sun, full shade or partial shade
  • Fully established spread: 1.5m
  • Needs moist soils

The tall shuttlecock-like ‘King of the Male Ferns’ really cuts a dash, whether it’s in a shady spot or part of a border that enjoys full sunlight. It can also be grown in large pots. It’s almost evergreen, which means it looks good throughout much of the year. Team it with other shade lovers, such as hostas, or use as an accent in a brighter spot. Cut back any dead fronds in winter to encourage new ones to appear. Holder of the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

How you will receive your plants: 

Selected by our team of experts and sent from our nursery, you will receive your plant in a pot, ready to plant out. 

Can’t plant straight away? 

Place the pot in a sheltered spot outdoors and water regularly to keep the soil moist. 

Planting in the ground: 

Dig a hole slightly wider than the rootball of the plant. Place the plant in the hole so that it sits at the same level in the ground as it did in the pot. When backfilling, mix in a soil improver such as well-rotted farmyard manure. Firm the soil around the plant and water well. 

Planting in containers: 

Choose a pot with good drainage holes. Place stones or crocks (bits of broken pottery) at the bottom of the pot to stop the drainage holes clogging up. Use a good quality compost. Feed and water container-grown plants regularly. 

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