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Adiantum pedatum ‘Maidenhair Fern’

The stems of the ‘Maidenhair Fern’ have arching fan-shaped segments of 5-9 fingers. A delicate fast growing variety. It is among the most beautiful of all ferns, “graceful” and “delicate” being the most recurring descriptors. The shiny black stems are lined on two sides with lacy leaves, in upright to fountaining sprays. This fern is a perennial and is deciduous in colder climates. Wiry stems are reddish-brown to black. Crosiers (coiled young fiddleheads) emerge pink in spring. This is a wetlands plant that does not flower or bloom. The attractive foliage is showcased in container plantings, foundation plantings, and groundcovers.

Ferns are perfect for the background of the garden or in a woodland setting. Their gracefulness makes them especially suited for companions to the Hosta. Performs well in sun but prefers partial shade.


# Description Qty per Unit Units Available Price/Unit
FN160BAG Adiantum pedatum 'Maidenhair Fern' 25 out of stock $48.75

Plant Details +

Botanical Adiantum pedatum
Common Name Maidenhair fern
Family Adiantaceae
Size #1
Height 12-18"
Spacing 18"
Hardiness Zones 3-8
Exposure Partial shade to full shade
Foliage Green, arching fronds
Flower Non-flowering
Bloomtime Non-flowering

General Information +

General Characteristics: It spreads by underground rhizomes that over a great length of time can become a continuous ground cover. It can be divided autumn or late winter to keep it a clumping fern with only a two-foot width or less. It is not at all sun tolerant, requiring shade to deep shade. Nor can it tolerate droughtiness. Given its minimal requirements of shade and moisture and organically rich soil, it is fantastically hardy. It likes to be surrounded by leaf litter, so does best under deciduous trees. It dies back entirely in winter so is not worried that its location gets sunny after leaf-fall.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is level with the soil surface. Water thoroughly. Easily grown in average, medium wet, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade. Prefers moist, humusy, acidic soils in full shade. Spreads slowly by creeping, branching rhizomes to form large colonies over time.

Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems. High summer heat may cause fronds to brown by mid to late summer, particularly if good soil moisture is not maintained and/or plants are grown in too much sun.