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Maidenhair Fern

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Maidenhair Fern - Adiantum is a Creeping Plant

Maidenhair Fern
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.

 Add The Beauty of Magnificent Maidenhead Fern Plants to Your Garden 

 Lovely Maidenhead Fern plants (Adiantum species) occur today in some 250 different varieties. They thrive in many different regions of the world, including New Zealand, Australia, North America, South America, and Asia. In the United States, beautiful Maidenhead Ferns grow well between Zone 3 and Zone 8.

A Beautiful Garden Addition

 The fronds of the Maidenhead Fern typically display curving stalks with palmate-style projections of lacy or frilly foliage. Their finger-like projections convey a sense of gentle motion on windy days. Many species of this accessible ornamental garden plant supply vivid green or light green colors in gardens. The cut fronds often appear in bouquets and floral arrangements.

 An Easily Grown Fern

  Gardeners appreciate the Maidenhead Fern both for its beauty and its ease of cultivation. While the plant prefers moist, acidic soils, it tolerates a range of conditions. A Maidenhead Fern will even thrive in densely shaded locations, making it an excellent selection to place around tree trunks or in shaded areas of rock gardens. This plant won't produce flowers. It grows between 1 and 2.5 feet in height and reaches a diameter of 1 to 1.5 feet.

 A Popular Combination

  Due to the Maidenhead Fern's ability to accept either full or partial shade, gardeners sometimes plant it in combination with Hosta or Caladium plants. Most varieties endure cold weather well.





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