Dryopteris pseudo-felix-mas

Dryopteris pseudo-felix-mas

Dryopteris pseudo-felix-mas is a semi-evergreen fern, native to high alpine forests in Mexico, that forms an upright clump of triangular green fronds. It continues to produce new fronds for the entire season. Prefers a rich, moist soil and winter mulching is recommended until plants are established. Cut back all of the old fronds to the base in late winter.

Pronunciation: drye-OPP-ter-iss soo-do-FY-liks mas

Species Meaning: Looks like filix-mas, the male fern

Dryopteris pseudo-felix-mas is native to Mexico.


  • Dryopteris pseudo-felix-mas
    Dryopteris pseudo-felix-mas

Cultivation Notes

Easily grown in consistently moist, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Prefers humusy soils that are rich in organic matter.

In Our Garden

Plant ID: P18105

Found in Tea House,

At the junction of the tea house and the walkway on the bank.

Family: Dryopteridaceae

Genus: Dryopteris

Species: pseudo-felix-mas

Commonly known as: Mexican Male Fern or Mexican wood fern

Height: <3ft

Spread: <3ft

Growth Habit:
Sun Needs:
Full Shade
Part Shade
Soil Type:
Average Soil
Season of Interest:
Zn 0 to 6 - too cold for me!

Resistant to Deer.

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