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Dryopteris cycadina


Shaggy Shield Fern

Perfect for a moist, shady location

This is a clump- forming, semi-evergreen fern. Its stiff, broad, leathery, light green leaves are covered in black scales and have dark green ribs and stems.


A low maintenance plant that loves shaded sheltered areas and is perfect for under planting shrubs and trees in beds and borders.


Loves any well-drained, moist soil. Water well until established and mulch in spring with garden compost or bark chippings.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Fern
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 50 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 10 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 50 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam, Chalk, Sand, Clay
Light exposure Part shade, Full shade
Soil drainage Medium, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From April to September