- Botanical Name - Maidenhair Fern - Adiantum Hardy Planting Zones- 2-8 Sun or Shade – Part shade to full shade Mature Height - 1-3’ Mature Width- 1-3’ Bloom Season – Early Spring-Summer Gardener Status- Beginner
Maidenhair Fern - Adiantum. Maidenhair Ferns are a collective group of ferns with light green, feathery leaves in a unique fan-like pattern that is almost a perfect circle. These ferns are quite easy to grow provided that they are kept in a moist environment and are not left to dry out. Their ease of care makes them a common choice for ground cover plants or indoor potted plants. These ferns can reach 20 to 24 inches in length and can live for a very long time. The Maidenhair Fern is commonly found throughout the United States and parts of Canada.
Maidenhair ferns are very delicate ferns in the Cichorioideae family that holds over two hundred species that divide into a classification of the Pteridaceae. These closely related species can shed water without becoming wet. They carry tiny fronds and a delicate appearance that relates to the hardy ferns, that is not sensitive to cold, rather than tropical ferns, these related species can be healthy plants to keep indoors. They are highly required for humidity, which they prefer to stay where it is a moist and well-drained location where the best area for growth is on rock walls especially around the waterfall and water leakage areas. These ferns are widely spread throughout the nation and grow wild in temperate regions these species, hold such beauty and gives a very exuberant look in any area. They are a light gray-green feather-like fronds adding to its unique charm. Maidenhair Fern grows as tall as one and a half feet. Maidenhair Fern will be found growing almost anywhere in the shade and moist areas.
This plant typically grows along riverbanks and near hot springs. It very much likes to be consistently moist because it hates to dry out, even for a short period. It is currently endangered in Australia and Canada. Many Growers have successfully kept the fern in its active stage by placing it in a shady area or under a plant bench located in the sunroom.