Fern Maidenhair

Adiantum pedatum

Fern Maidenhair
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Northern Maidenhair fern is a deciduous, clump-forming fern which typically grows 1.5 to 2' tall and is most frequently found on rich wooded slopes, ravine bottoms and damp shady woods.  Features finely-textured, somewhat frilly fronds which have curved stalks and are palmately-divided.  Wiry stems are reddish-brown to black.

Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade. Prefers moist, humusy, acidic soils in full shade. Spreads slowly by creeping, branching rhizomes to form large colonies over time.

Flower Color

Foliage Color

Light green with reddish-brown stems

Plant Spread

1-1.5 ft.

Plant Height

1-2.5 ft.

Hardness Zone


Good Companions

Hosta, Caladium, Brunnera, Astilbe, Fringed Bleeding Heart, Pulmonaria, Toad Lily, Woodland Wildflowers

Characteristics & Attributes


Shaded Border
Woodland Garden
Shaded Rock Garden
Native Plant Garden
Edger along paths in shaded gardens
Will naturalize

Bloom Time

Grown for its attractive foliage

Critter Resistance


Full to part shade

Growth Rate

slow to medium

Seasonal Interests

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