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ADIANTUM raddianum 'Pacific Maid'

Image of Adiantum raddianum 'Pacific Maid'

John Rickard

Family

Pteridaceae

Botanical Name

ADIANTUM raddianum 'Pacific Maid'

Plant Common Name

Delta Maidenhair Fern, Pacific Maid Maidenhair Fern

General Description

Pacific maid maidenhair fern is an evergreen fern native to tropical America. 'Pacific Maid' is a compact growing maidenhair with large leaflets and roughly triangular, 3- or 4-pinnate fronds that have deep divisions. Dark, black stalks emerge from short rhizomes. Newly emerged fronds are light green but darken with age. The sori are located at the edge of the leaflet where the tip the leaf tissue rolls over to enclose it.

Pacific maid maidenhair fern should be grown in partial sun or diffused sunlight. The ideal environment for this fern would be in well-drained, consistently moist soil in a humid environment. Pacific maid maidenhair fern is usually grown in a greenhouse or outdoors in a shady border, woodland, along a stream, or in shady rock crevices; if hardy.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 10

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 11

  • Plant Type

    Fern

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade

  • Height

    24"-36" / 61.0cm - 91.4cm

  • Width

    20"-40" / 50.8cm - 101.6cm

  • Native To

    Latin America and the Caribbean, Caribbean, Central America, South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Light 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

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Groundcover, Houseplant, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No