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Dryopteris filix-mas 'Parsley' (male fern)
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Dryopteris filix-mas 'Parsley'

male fern

Low maintenance
Crested fronds give a textured appearance
Grows 18-24" tall

Looking for a diminutive fern that brings texture and depth to your shade or woodland garden edge? Let us introduce you to Dryopteris filix-mas 'Parsley', a compact, crested fern that is similar in appearance to 'The King' but half the size. Growing 18"-24" tall and up to 2' wide with firm fronds that are very attractive and deer-resistant 

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18-24 Inches


18-24 Inches


12 Inches

Bloom Color

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

male fern Interesting Notes

Dryopteris filix-mas is native to North America from Newfoundland to British Columbia, from New England to the Great Lakes, and from South Dakota to Washington south to California and Texas. This fern is also native to Europe. 

Dryopteris filix-mas 'Parsley' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in part sun 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. - Missouri Botanic Garden

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Green Infrastructure
Clay Tolerance
Ornamental Foliage
Native to North America