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ADIANTUM pedatum

Image of Adiantum pedatum

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Pteridaceae

Botanical Name

ADIANTUM pedatum

Plant Common Name

Maidenhair Fern

General Description

Northern maidenhair fern is an herbaceous perennial native to much if the northern and western United States and Canada. In the spring it bears delicate bright green branching fronds that unfurl from tall graceful dark stems. These remain attractive until the mid-summer when plants often begin to look weathered from the summer heat. Northern maidenhair fern is an excellent accent plant for shady grottoes or woodland gardens. They do best in damp, shady gardens with evenly moist, highly organic soil.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Fern

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm

  • Width

    12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, North-Central United States, Western United States, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No