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Dryopteris filix-mas 'Linearis Polydactyla' - 2 gal (24" tall)

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Pots contain multiple ferns. Culture Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Prefers consistently moist, humusy soils that are rich in organic matter. Soils should not be allowed to dry out. Site in locations protected from strong winds to prevent damage to the fronds. Crowns may be divided regularly. Noteworthy Characteristics Dryopteris filix-mas, commonly called male fern, is native to Europe and North America. This is a large, arching, deciduous male fern with erect, stout rhizomes and medium green blades (fronds) that grow to 3’ (less frequently to 4’) tall. Blade is pinnate-pinnatifid (almost 2-pinnate) with 20-30 pair of long-pointed pinnae (leaflets) per blade. Each leaflet is divided into short, rounded, finely-serrated pinnules (sub-leaflets). Sori (fruit dots) on the leaflets are located closer to the midvein than the margin. Crisped, crested, forked and dwarf variants of this species exist. In North America, this fern ranges from Newfoundland to British Columbia, from New England to the Great Lakes, and from South Dakota to Washington south to California and Texas. 'Linearis Polydactyla' typically grows 3-4' tall. Semi-evergreen in warm winter climates. Fronds are large (to 4' long), but retain a certain airy appearance because the pinnae are very narrow and well-spaced with segments reduced in size and sometimes missing. Tips of the pinnae and fronds are multi-forked and almost finger-like.

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