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Dryopteris Affinis Cristata King Fern

Dryopteris Affinis Cristata King Fern

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Dryopteris Affinis 'Cristata,' commonly known as the crested buckler fern, is a deciduous fern belonging to the Dryopteridaceae family. Appreciated for its attractive, finely cut fronds, this fern is known for its ability to thrive in various garden settings. The fronds of Dryopteris Affinis 'Cristata' are finely divided, giving them a delicate and lacy appearance. The crested form of this fern refers to the unique crests along the edges of the leaflets, adding an interesting texture to the plant.

Native to Europe, particularly the British Isles, Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata' is well-suited for temperate climates. It thrives in partial to full shade and well-draining, moist soil, tolerating a range of soil types from sandy to clayey. Adequate moisture is crucial for optimal growth, and the fern benefits from a consistent watering schedule.

Hardy in USDA zones 5 to 8, crested buckler ferns are often used in shaded gardens, woodland settings, and along the edges of ponds or streams. They can be grown in borders, containers, or as part of a mixed planting scheme. Once established, these ferns are relatively low-maintenance. Removing old fronds in late winter or early spring can help maintain a tidy appearance, and mulching around the base can assist in retaining soil moisture. Propagation can be done through division in spring when new growth begins.

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Common Name
Plant Form
Plant Type
Climate Temperate
Plant habitat
Sunlight Partial shade
Watering Medium
Flowering period
Flower Colour
Season of interest
Foliage Semi-evergreen
Hardiness Rating (RHS) H5 (-15 to -10 °C)
Soil type Clay, loam, pet
Soil PH
Size Height: 120cm
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