Dryopteris affinis ‘Crispa Gracilis’

dwarf crisped golden-scaled male fern

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

A diminutive charmer to only eight inches or so tall and slightly less in width. The thick fronds emerge bright green in springtime, then mature to dark green. Perfect as a specimen in a container or on a fern table as well as in the woodland or rock gardens. Just be sure to place it where it doesn't get overrun by larger plants.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: fern

Foliage Type:

Plant Height: 0 ft. 9 in. (0.23 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 0 ft. 9 in. (0.23 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: dwarf year-round evergreen fern

Culture Notes
Plant in well-drained soil and a site with morning sun and protection from the hot afternoon sun or light to open shade. Water occasionally or more regularly with more more sunlight.