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Male Fern

Dryopteris filix-mas

Plant Data

Order:
Polypodiales
Family:
Dryopteridaceae (Wood Fern)
Flowers:
Flowers absent. Ferns reproduce by spores.
Fruit:
The spores ripen from July to September.
Leaves:
Evergreen. Light green and feathery bipinnate leaves which taper at both ends.
Maximum Size:
120cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The young fronds can be cooked and eaten. The roots are edible raw and cooked.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Worm Fern.
Habitats:
Hedgerows, rocks, walls, woodland.