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Adiantum pedatum

Maidenhair Fern

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Adiantum pedatum (Maidenhair Fern)

This fern's delicate appearance disguises its tough nature! The name comes from the shiny, dark, hair-like stalks that branch to hold the fan-shaped leaves almost horizontally with a delicate strength. The fronds unfurl fairly late in the spring, unfurling rapidly once they appear to form spreading clumps. Can form large colonies of a pleasant medium green. A deciduous fern.

Additional Information:
Fairly common in the woods, but not always evident. The book "How to Know the Ferns" by Frances Theodora Parsons (1899) reads, "Its chosen haunts are dim, moist hollows....in such retreats you find the feathery fronds tremulous on their black, glistening stalks, and in their neighborhood you'll find also the very spirit of the woods."

10-18 Inches


15-24 Inches


Bloom/Seasonal Color
Light Green

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Cinnamon Fern (Osmunda cinnamomea), Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), Marginal Shield Fern (Dryopteris marginalis), Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum biflorum), Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense), Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation


Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)
Mid (May-June)

Soil Moisture


Special Uses

Ground Cover

Sun Exposure


USFS MO Ecological Map