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Dryopteris affinis


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  • Common Name: Golden shield fern, Scaly male fern
  • Synonyms: Dryopteris pseudomas
  • Position: Full shade, Full sun, Partial shade, North-facing, East-facing, South-facing, West-facing, Exposed, Sheltered
  • Soil: Moist but well-drained, Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand, Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
  • Hardiness: H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters
  • Habit: Semi-evergreen, Tufted
  • Height & Spread: 150cm × 120cm
A strong, semi-evergreen fern with erect fronds which are bright yellow-green when young turning a rich green with golden scales.
Dryopteris affinis RHS Award of Garden Merit


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