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A picture of a Maidenhair Fern

Maidenhair Fern

Adiantum spp.

Adiantum pedatum JB by Cephas (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

7a-12b

USDA zone

-18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

2m

20cm

Min

20cm

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A photo of Maidenhair Fern
A photo of Maidenhair Fern
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Overview

Adiantum is a large genus of around 200–250 species of evergreen, semi-evergreen and deciduous species, commonly referred to as maidenhair ferns. These mostly hail from tropical and subtropical regions, so require a minimum temperature of 15ºC and grow best in shaded positions. They are found in moist areas at the side of streams, in crevices, and woodland margins. Some species prefer deep forest shade. They are grown for their elegant, attractive foliage which ranges from green shades to pink in the correct conditions.

Common problems

Propagation

Division

Divide rhizomes in early spring.

Spores

As soon as ripe, sow spores at 15ºC or higher.

Special Features

Attractive leaves

Pot plant

Indoor plant