Plumosum Druery

Cultivar nameCultivar groupSpeciesSynonymsDescriptionCultivation notesSource
Plumosum DrueryPlumoseAthyrium filix-feminaSpore from ‘Axminster’, eventually gave rise to an improved form by the name of ‘Plumosum elegans Parsons’, which was more finely cut than Axminster. Spores taken from ‘p. elegans Parsons’, were sown by Druery and from this sowing he grew superbum Druery. In 1887 ‘superbum’ produced a few spores and Druery sowed them. This sowing yielded about 120 plants and from it Druery got a whole treasure trove of superior cultivars and plumosum Druery was one of them. A number of clones survive to day which claim to be plumosum Druery but it is difficult to tell which one is the original, if indeed any of them are the original.Generally as for species. Will grow in most soils but prefers acid conditions; as someone says in good 'woodland duff'. Also best in light shade but will tolerate some sun in the morning and evening, or more if in damp conditions. Protect from strong winds which would damage the fronds.Ian Unsworth
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