Adiantum pedatum - Maidenhair Fern

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Common Name:
Northern Maidenhair Fern
Plant Type:
Shade to Part Sun
Hardiness Zone:
Bloom Color:
Foliage Interest
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Garden Height:
12-24 Inches
Garden Spread:
12-18 Inches
  • Native fern lends a woodsy look to the shade garden
  • Unusual black stems
  • Great for wet areas

Adiantum pedatum is a beautiful fern that adds a delicate touch to the woodland garden. It has graceful feathery green fronds that are held on shiny black stems. Maidenhair fern spreads by shallow rhizomes to form a dense groundcover, bringing wonderful texture to the landscape. Excellent around shady water features and damp spots. Native to the eastern U.S.

Uses: Bogs, Borders, Edging, Groundcover, Landscape, Mass Planting, Woodland Garden
Notable Features: Good for cutting for arrangements, Native, Very cold hardy
Growth Habit: Spreading

Homeowner Growing Tips: Prefers cool, shady conditions, and humus-rich, moist soil. In acidic soils, mix in some horticultural lime before planting; afterward, cover the soil with an inch of compost or shredded leaves. Provide supplemental water during dry summer months

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