Mexican Male Fern

Dryopteris pseudofilix-mas

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

Ferns

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

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

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From spores

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Kansas City, Missouri

Chesterland, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio

Butler, Pennsylvania

Plano, Texas

Lexington, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

3
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RatingContent
Positive

On Aug 25, 2016, womandi from Butler, PA wrote:

I'm in Western PA and have this MM Fern. Planted it 5 yrs ago and it gets bigger every year. It turns brown over the fall/winter, then we cut it back in the spring and he starts his growth again. It is located on the east side of the house, so it gets the morning and some afternoon sun, but never the direct hot sun (or rarely). I've never pruned it, etc. I just let it do its thing. I'm still looking for more info on its care in Zone 6a.

Positive

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

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.

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