Dadds' Crested Male Fern (Dryopteris affinis subsp. affinis 'Polydactyla Dadds')

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Dadds' Crested Male Fern (Dryopteris affinis subsp. affinis 'Polydactyla Dadds')

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Several polydactylous, or long-fingered crested types of Dryopteris affinis and its morphotypes were found in the wild, cataloged and cultivated by Victorian era fern enthusiasts.  Of the named forms, Dadds’ 1872 find has slightly thinner fronds than other types while still retaining the usual flat, spreading crests to the frond and pinnae tips.  These long fingered forms with their slender lines and light cresting are quite distinct from the cristatum types that have more bunches of fan-like crests.  The result is a beautiful spray of long, fine, outstretched tasseled fingers that make this fern a structural and elegant addition to any garden.
Frond Condition: Semi-Evergreen
Mature Height: 3-4’
Origin: Europe
Cultivation requirements: Part Sun, Part Shade, Shade, Moist to Dryish
USDA Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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