Adiantum capillus-veneris

          Maiden Hair Fern

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Horticultural Notes

to 18”              <4000”           All areas

Maidenhair Fern is an infrequent companion of north facing, shaded, moist hillsides and wet stream areas.  Its graceful new leaf is hidden amongst other spring growth but soon emerges with stunning black stems (petioles) and 2 pinnate, fan shaped leaves with slightly rolled and often cut edges. The black stem of a relative, A. aleuticum, or Five-Finger Fern, was used in basketry.  There is a slight yellowish green cast to the leaves that glitter amidst spring greenery.  Without irrigation, Maidenhair fern goes dormant in summer.  This fern needs moisture and shade.