Dryopteris filixmas "Crispa Cristata" is a fascinating form of the Male fern
, one of our more common natives, and does well in even the driest and darkest of locations.
In particular the Male fern
(Dryopteris felixmas) was used as a vermifuge to expel tapeworms.
The Common Male Fern
(Dryopteris filix-mas) might appear pretty coarse but can still be used effectively in one of those corners where nothing much else will grow and it also has some interesting cultivars.
And of course there are a great range of ferns that also love damp in the ground, such as Dryopteris filix-mas, the male fern
with its beautiful shuttlecock-like tufts of fresh green fronds, Osmunda regalis, the royal fern, that turns reddish brown in autumn and Athryium felix-femina, lady fern with its lacy fronds.
Dryopteris affinis, the Golden Male Fern
, can reach 90 cm (36in) tall and has produced some wonderful variations with twisted and congested fronds that add another dimension to the display.
is the common fern and there are a number of varieties of Dryopteris available such as copper shield fern, which is also known as the Japanese red shield fern and I have even seen it sold as the painted fern.