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Dryopteris filix mas barnesii

  • Upright, vivid green foliage
  • Almost evergreen in most of UK
  • Non-invasive clump forming
  • Loves dappled shade
  • Hardy. RHS rating H6
  • To 1.5 x 1.5m
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Dryopteris filix mas 'Barnesii' Male Ferns. 2 Litre Pot Grown Plants

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Dryopteris felix-mas 'Barnesii' is a hardy, semi-evergreen fern with attractive, ruffled mid-green fronds and an upright habit. An easy to grow foliage plant that can thrive in full shade, it's ideal for adding architectural interest to shady borders, shrubberies and containers.
Use it to create a leafy understory in wooded areas or to line a shady garden path.

Glossy green, upright foliage for three seasons of the year makes ‘Barnesii’ a well-behaved addition to the garden, adding texture and interest to woodland borders and dark corners. Watching the young fronds unfurling in spring is an unfailing seasonal delight.

The ruffled green fronds of are perfect for adding volume to flower arrangements. Use the foliage as the neutral backdrop to allow more colourful blooms to shine.

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  • Upright, vivid green foliage
  • Evergreen in most of UK
  • Non-invasive clump forming
  • Loves dappled shade, not recommended for exposed, sunny sites.
  • Hardy. RHS rating H6
  • Height and spread to 1.5 x 1.5m in 5 years.

Growing Dryopteris Ferns

They love a moist, humus rich soil, and prefer dappled shade with shelter from wind. In the North, you can protect them from frost with fleece, or by trimming the leaves and covering the crowns with straw for winter. Cut back the old fronds in winter.

In your Garden Design

Create a pretty woodland scene by teaming with snowdrops, aconites, bluebells and spring plants such as cowslips that can cope with some shade.
Victorian style plant hunters will create a fernery, or even a stumpery, combining other ferns such Dryopteris erythrosora and the silvery grey leaved Cheilanthes tomentosa.

Did You Know?

Dryopteris is a member of the Dryopteridaceae family, the oak ferns. They are clump-forming, deciduous, semi-evergreen or evergreen ferns, with stout, erect or decumbent rhizomes and shuttlecock-like rosettes of lance-shaped to ovate, pinnate fronds.

Planting Instructions

Dig over the soil, removing any stones and weeds. Add plenty of compost or soil improver to enrich the soil in and around the planting hole – ferns are happiest in soil that is rich in organic matter.

Water well before planting. Prepare a hole that is slightly larger than the plant’s rootball and sprinkle some Rootgrow into the hole. Position the plant in the hole so that it is at the same depth as in the pot. Backfill with soil, firm in and water well.

Water regularly for the first year after planting, being careful to water the roots not the fronds. Established ferns may need additional watering during prolonged dry spells. In spring apply a general fertiliser and mulch with organic matter to retain moisture in the soil. Prune any dead or damaged fronds in late winter or early spring.