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 habits 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: partiall 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. A year around organic mulch is recommended to conserve soil moisture and add organic content to the soil.