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Adiantum pedatum

Fern, Northern Maidenhair Fern

Dainty bright green fronds are held aloft on shiny black stems creating a light, airy texture in the woodland garden. In rich soil and bright shade it will spread by shallow rhizomes to form a dense groundcover. Found in the humus-rich woodlands and moist woods of Eastern North America. Easy to grow as long as the soil is loose and rich.

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12-14 In


18-18 In

Hardiness Zone:

3 - 8

Fern, Northern Maidenhair Fern Growing and Maintenance Tips

Ferns are perfect for the background of the garden or in a woodland setting. Their gracefulness make them especially suited for companions to the Hosta. Performs well in sun but prefers partial shade.

Adiantum pedatum Characteristics


  • Cut Flower / or Foliage
  • Ground Cover
  • Border
  • Container


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade Tolerant

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Moist