Adiantum pedatum
Adiantum pedatum photo courtesy of Sandy Hanson

Maidenhair Fern

Adiantum pedatum is a very delicate and airy looking fern with fan shaped fronds on striking black stems. It has a very unique growth habit, spreading its fronds in a perfect circle. It spreads slowly over time to form large colonies. This plant is a native of moist woodlands in eastern North America. It adds a different texture to woodland plantings. Maidenhair Ferns combine well with Asarum europeaum and larger leaved shade perennials.

  • Height: 30 - 61 cm (12 - 24 in)
  • Spread: 30 - 46 cm (12 - 18 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 3
  • Sun or Shade: partial to full shade
  • Bloom Time: grown only for foliage
  • Leaf Colour: green
  • Bloom Colour: does not flower

Growing and Maintenance Tips

This fern prefers rich, well drained acidic soil in part to full shade. It needs consistent moisture or the fronds will dry out. An organic mulch is recommended to conserve soil moisture and add humus content to the soil.

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