Native Plant Database

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Southern Maidenhair Fern

Adiantum capillus-veneris
Plant Type: Ferns
Native Environment: Forest
Season of Interest:
Main Color: Green, Yellow
Fall Color: Yellow
Hardy From Zone: 1
Hardy To Zone: 1

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Soil
Moisture
High
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

10 to
18
inches

Spread:

15 to
24
inches
Size
Height: 10 to
18
inches
Spread: 15 to
24
inches
Size
Height: 10 to
18
inches
Spread: 15 to
24
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Useful in high pH/alkaline soils in the shade. Would enhance shade water garden rockery.
Establishment and Care Instructions
This Maidenhair fern prefers permanent wet crevices in limestone overhangs where other plants may have difficulty growing. Very difficult to grow in gardens.
Special Features
Special Usage
Ground Cover
Basic Description

The Maidenhair ferns are delicate in appearance. The Southern Maidenhair Fern is very similar to the Maidenhair Fern although the delicate mid-green leaves ‘hang’ from the shiny, dark stems in a zig-zag pattern on this species, forming a fine textured mound above the wiry, dark stems. A deciduous fern.

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