Adiantum pedatum

Northern Maidenhair fern

  • Light green delicate leaves on shiny dark stems
  • Burgundy red fiddle-heads appear in early spring, reproduces by spores in June- August
  • Good ground cover for the woodland garden
  • Forms colonies by means of creeping rhizomes
  • Prefers moist , well drained soil, nutrient - rich soils, not drought tolerant
  • Natural habitat: mountains
  • Provides shelter for toads and lizards

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Foliage Color
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Soil Moisture
Keep Well Watered
Moist, Well Drained
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Growing & Maintenance Tips for Adiantum pedatum

Adiantum pedatum grows best in moist shaded sites with humus rich soils.  This fern prospers in slightly acid to neutral soils and is intolerant of clay.

Plants require cool temperatures and high humidity and should be sheltered from wind.  Short term drought can induce temporary dormancy but plants will generally return the following spring.

This delicate looking beauty is easy to grow and low maintenance in shaded exposures with rich, loose, moist soil.

As plants mature into lush groundcover stands they provide valuable habitat for small wildlife but are generally not palatable to deer and other herbivores.