Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Shade
Full to partial shade
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Moderate growth to 2 ft. tall and wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Shade Loving
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Does not flower
Botanical Pronunciation:ad-ee-AN-tum hiss-PID-yoo-lum
Plant type:Fern
Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
Sunset climate zones:24, 25
Growth habit:Spreading
Growth rate:Moderate
Average landscape size:Moderate growth to 2 ft. tall and wide.
Foliage color:Dark Green
Blooms:Does not flower
Garden styleContemporary
Design IdeasExcellent choice for shaded nooks and crannies of smaller homes, condos and townhouses. Perfect choice for front of warm climate azaleas where stems are overly visible. Problem solver for conditions beneath trees and shrubs where bare ground presents unattractive appearance and to reduce weed growth. A natural for planting amidst rocks and logs in the wild shade garden. A superior choice for Asian inspired gardens that need growing season color.
Companion PlantsGroup this fern with Alaska Azalea, (Azalea indica 'Alaska'), Everblooming Gardenia, (Gardenia jasminoides 'Veitchii'), King of Hearts Bleeding Heart, (Dicentra x 'King of Hearts') and Purity Japanese Pieris, (Pieris japonica 'Purity').
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed frequently during growing season with a general purpose fertilizer. Cut back old fronds after new growth begins in spring.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Shade
Full to partial shade
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
History:
This is one of the nine species of Adiantum native to Australia. It is found primarily in the eastern third of the continent in both rainforest and open, exposed locations.
Lore:
The term maidenhair has come to refer to plants with a uniquely veined fan-shaped leaf such as the Ginkgo tree and ferns of genus Adiantum.