Common Name: male fern
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 2.50 to 3.00 feet
Spread: 1.50 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: Non-flowering
Bloom Description: Non-flowering
Sun: Part shade to full shade
Tolerate: Rabbit, Heavy Shade, Clay Soil
Easily grown in average, medium moisture soils in part shade to full shade. Prefers consistently moist, humusy soils 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.
‘Barnesii’ is a deciduous male fern cultivar that typically grows from a crown of rhizomes to 3’ tall with a narrow, erect habit. Fronds are quite narrow, usually not exceeding 4” in width. Pinnae are oval-triangular with toothed margins. Filix-mas means male fern in reference to the somewhat vigorous growing habits of ferns in this species.
No serious insect or disease problems.
Woodland or shade gardens. Foundations.