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PlantFiles: Mexican Male Fern
Dryopteris pseudofilix-mas

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Family: Dryopteridaceae
Genus: Dryopteris (dry-OP-ter-iss) (Info)
Species: pseudofilix-mas (soo-do-FY-liks mas) (Info)

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Category:
Ferns

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:
N/A

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From spores

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive BosqueHelecho On Nov 12, 2010, BosqueHelecho from Kansas City, MO (Zone 6b) wrote:

I find it surprising that this plant is not more popular: While a lot of ferns will turn brown and fade in the intense summer heat, this fern seems to do just fine (at least in the shade). It even survived several weeks of 100+ temps (~120 heat index due to so much humidity) this past summer and was not even phased.

Positive henryr10 On May 2, 2004, henryr10 from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

A very beautiful tall fern.
Use like a Matteuccia struthiopteris.
Unlike the Ostrich Fern is not at all invasive,
has a much more open look and stays on late,
doesn't flag in the heat of Summer.
Needs more shade than most taller ferns.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Kansas City, Missouri
Chesterland, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio
Plano, Texas
Lexington, Virginia



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