Crisped Golden-scaled Male Fern (Dryopteris cambrensis 'Crispa Barnes')

Dryopteris cambrensis 'Crispa Barnes'
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Dryopteris cambrensis 'Crispa Barnes'
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Crisped Golden-scaled Male Fern (Dryopteris cambrensis 'Crispa Barnes')

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Dryopteris affinis subsp. cambrensis has now been upgraded to species status from subspecies status! 'Crispa Barnes' is the proper name of this crisped cambrensis variation although we have offered it under the incomplete name of 'Crispa' in the past. However that name was applied by Victorian growers to a form similar in appearance but very dwarf. This is one of my favorite ferns with its crimped golden-green new fronds set against the lustrous orangey-brown parchment-like scales thickly clustered on the stalks. It eventually builds up so many crowns that it becomes a dome of crispy foliage looking tidy next to frothy perennals such as astilbes and corydalis. I have recently found out that a wholesale grower has been selling Dryopteris cambrensis as D.affinis 'Crispa Barnes'. I thought I had corrected this error a few years back but the problem persists. If you receive a fern with this name from another grower and the foliage is not crinkled and crispy you have the wrong plant. Please note that the the epithet cambrensis was a subspecies designation and not a cultivar name as it is so often erroneously labeled in commercial trade.

Frond Condition: Semi-evergreen
Mature Height: 2-3'
Origin: England
Cultural Requirements:  Some Shade, Partly Shaded, Full Shade, Evenly Moist, Slightly Moist
USDA Zones: 5,6,7,8,9

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