One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fern with brown scales on the stalks of the fronds, found in woodland in both North America and Eurasia.
Genus Dryopteris, family Dryopteridaceae: D. filix-mas and related species
- ‘Ferns will often tolerate very dry conditions particularly the male ferns (Dryopteris filix-mas), golden scale, soft shield and hard shield.’
- ‘These male ferns produce elegant, frilly fronds up to 3 feet long and spread if spores fall in the right conditions.’
- ‘The male fern is one of the most popular and effective treatments for tape worms.’
- ‘There are tiny fiddleheads on the male ferns and ostrich ferns and the buds on the highbush cranberry are about ready to burst forth.’
- ‘Either shade or sun suits male ferns planted in temperate regions, but full shade remains mandatory in warmer zones.’
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