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Maidenhair Fern - Adiantum is a Creeping Plant
Latin name: Adiantum pedatum
Hardy planting zone: 3 to 11
Mature height: 1 to 2 1/2 feet
Spread: 1 to 1 1/2 feet
Bloom season: Non-flowering
Sun: Part to full shade
Maidenhair Fern Grows in Moist to Wet, Fertile Soil, on Rocks and Beside Waterfalls
It thrives in acidic, moist to wet, fertile soil that drains well. In nature, maidenhair fern is found growing on rocks beside waterfalls or other places where there is a flow of water.
The maidenhair fern is a creeping plant that spreads through rhizomes. Given enough time, it creates dense colonies. It is deciduous and loses its leaves in the fall, though pink fiddleheads start to appear in spring. The leaves themselves are bright green, attractive, and beautiful textured. They give the plant its epithet of "pedatum," which means bird's foot. The genus name, Adiantum, is Greek for "unwetted," for the plant quickly sheds water.
The stalks of the maidenhair fern are curved, and the stems are beautiful as wires and range in color from red-brown to black. These stems contrast attractively with the green foliage.
The maidenhair fern does not have severe problems with pests or diseases, though it can go dormant in high heat if it is not well-watered and if it is grown in bright sunshine. The gardener can tell if the plant needs watering because the fronds start to turn brown. The maidenhair fern needs watering at least once a week and misting daily if it is grown as a houseplant. If it receives sun, it should only get a small amount in the early morning.
The maidenhair fern is an excellent choice for a woodland garden and gardens and paths made for shade-loving plants. It is an excellent choice for the shaded areas beneath trees where it can replace sun-loving turfgrass. The plant is native to North America and can be part of a garden that features native plants.