Northern maidenhair fern

Adiantum pedatum

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Northern maidenhair fern (Adiantum pedatum)
ad-ee-AN-tum ped-AY-tum
Genus:  Adiantum

Northern maidenhair fern's curved fronds have wiry black stems that wave in the wind. This plant spreads slowly (by branching rhizomes) and eventually forms large colonies. Its delicate texture looks most beautiful when paired with broad-leaved plants. -June Hutson, Regional Picks: Midwest, Fine Gardening issue# 127

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Native.

Care: 

Moist, well-drained soil. To keep the frilly fronds looking good, supply water during the growing season.

Propagation: 

By division or from spores.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Slow Grower
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Song Birds,
Native,
Showy Foliage
Uses
Ground Covers
Style
Woodland Garden
Type
Fern

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