Adiantum pedatum, Maidenhair Fern
|Mature Maidenhair Ferns, Whitewater State Park|
Maidenhair Fern are thought to be fussy, but their truth is how tough they really are! You will find these lacy, delicate-looking woodland ferns on steep slopes, facing north, and dry under the forest canopy. They will tolerate light frost, staying green much longer than some of their companion ferns. It is important that they get the shade they want and their soil is neither soaking or bone dry. No other fern is like them and they will shine where you once grew hostas. If you have either heavy, compacted clay or pure sand (this happens!), add compost before planting.
Height: 1 to 2 feet
Conditions: shade or dappled shade, moist and well-draining to medium soils
|A patch at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum|