The fine textured foliage of Maidenhair Fern provides a perfect foil for other plants in the shade garden. Gently arching fronds seem to float suspended above the ground in a graceful fan-like shape that is unique among ferns …
|Soil Type||Clay, Loam, Sand|
|Soil Moisture||Medium, Moist|
|Height||1' - 2'|
|Bloom Time||June, July, Aug|
|Zones||3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
The fine textured foliage of Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum pedatum) provides a perfect foil for other plants in the shade garden. Gently arching fronds seem to float suspended above the ground in a graceful fan-like shape that is unique among ferns. The floating illusion is maintained by a structure of very fine black stems that all but disappear against the background. Highly recommended for home landscaping Maidenhair fern is easy to grow, low maintenance, and highly resistant to damage from deer.
Native to the rich wooded slopes and damp shady woodlands East of the Mississippi, Adiantum pedatum thrives in well-drained to slightly damp soil in full shade. Plants will tolerate mild drought as long as they are not exposed to direct sun – in which case morning sun is better than the hot afternoon sun. If conditions are too hot and the soil is dry for too long the plants may die-back, but will return when conditions become favorable again. Over time, this clump-forming fern spreads slowly by branching rhizomes to form large colonies. It needs shelter from the wind to look its best and is excellent for naturalizing on shaded hillsides, or in any protected shady area.