Adiantum pedatum

Also known as:

  • Five Finger Maidenhair
  • Northern Maidenhair Fern
  • American Maidenhair Fern

Plant Type

perennial, fern

Zones

3a-8b

Size

H:12"-30"
W:12"-30"

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

average, well-drained, rich

Water Needs:

even moisture, regular

Sun Exposure:

dappled shade, mostly shade, shade

Special Situation:

humidity tolerant, verticillium wilt resistant

Features

Foliage Color:

green

Foliage Season:

deciduous

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New Marshfield, Ohio

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W7262 Dover Ct Westfield, Wisconsin

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Portland, Oregon

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Williams, Oregon

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Port Townsend, Washington

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3380 No. 6 Road Richmond, British Columbia

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New Marshfield, Ohio

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1310 N Gregory Road PO Box 857 Fowlerville, Michigan

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W7262 Dover Ct Westfield, Wisconsin

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1114 SE Clay St. Portland, Oregon

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Port Townsend, Washington

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3380 No. 6 Road Richmond, British Columbia

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Greenville, Georgia

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1114 SE Clay St. Portland, Oregon

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Elma, Washington

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379 West El Campo Road Arroyo Grande, California

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A graceful yet vigorous fern that bears delicate leaflets on fingerlike branchlets that radiate outward from the top of the frond stalks. Thrives in moist shade, where its creeping rhizomes eventually form a colony. Semi evergreen where winters are mild. AGM winner.

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Native to eastern North American on wooded slopes and dampish shade sites, this sweet maidenhair fern has frilly fronds arranged in a circle on wiry, nearly black stems to 1-2' tall in clumps to 1-2' wide. Where happy, can spread by rhizomes to form large colonies, a lovely and delicate groundcover for part to full shade where soil is rich and summer water is plentiful. Often grown indoors as well, tolerating low light. Frost hardy to -40 °F, USDA zone 3.

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Richmond, British Columbia

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Maidenhair fern is one of the most beautiful ferns for the garden. The fronds are atypical in that they are palmate -- like a hand with fingers. They are held on black stems. Maidenhair fern is a native of BC and is frequently found on deeply shaded steep banks and cliffs. In the garden, however, it is quite amenable to average garden soils in full to part shade. Synonym: A. pedatum.

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Description by: Prairie Nursery

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Westfield, Wisconsin

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Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum pedatum) thrives in well-drained to slightly damp soil. The gorgeous foliage of this fern makes a perfect foil for other plants in the woodland garden. Excellent for naturalizing on shaded hillsides, or in any protected shady location. Needs protection from wind to look its best. Hardy to Zones 3 - 8.

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One of the most delicate and graceful ferns they increase slowly and seldom need restraint, indeed I can't imagine having too many of them. The fronds magically unfurl atop their shiny black stems to reveal a swirl of unmatched loveliness. A must for every garden, it prefers a little lime but will tolerate a wide range of soils.

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Arroyo Grande, California

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Tallest and boldest of the Adiantums, growing to 18? tall with clumps to 2' in diameter, creeping by stout rootstocks. Dainty, divided, green fronds are produced on wiry, chocolate stems. For best effect, place near constant moisture around a pond or near a stream. Hardy to below 0F. California.

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New Marshfield, Ohio

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Fronds 12 - 30 inches long, erect-arching, deciduous. Zones 2 - 8. Spreads by short, creeping rhizomes so it forms small colonies. Likes light to medium shade. Lovely and delicate. Gallon pots.

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Northern Maidenhair fern is a large growing species that is native to moist areas of the eastern United States. Delicate leaves are divided into five segments with smaller fan shaped individual leaves. To 2' tall-or taller in optimal conditions it will spread to 3' across in perpetually moist rich soil. In normal garden conditions in part shade to shade it requires frequent irrigation. Winter deciduous.

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Williams, Oregon

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A choice ; exquisite plant (G.S.Thomas), this dainty native (to 1') with its shiny black stem ; delicate fan-shaped frond, deserves a place in any woodland garden. PSh-Sh/Med-Wet

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Eugene, Oregon

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Deciduous.With lances haped fronds that can get up to 14" long, this fern reaches 12-20" in height. These fronds reach out on glossy, dark brown to black stalks. A beautiful textural contrast to your other shade plants. Native to NE America.

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A NW native hanging out in moist shaded places especially loving mossy cliffs in the cooling mist of a nearby waterfall yet very easy in the garden. Nice black stems holding the fronds. The stems were flattened and used for imbrication in basketry by coastal tribes.

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