Northern Maidenhair fern

Adiantum pedatum

  • 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


Height: 8-20 in
Spread: 1-2 ft
Spacing: 18-24 in
Zone: 3-8
Color: Non-Flowering

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Characteristics & Attributes

Critter Resistance:

» Deer Resistant

Foliage Color:

» Green

Soil Moisture:

» Keep Well Watered
» Moist, Well Drained

Season of Interest (Foliage):

» Spring
» Summer