• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; forms foliage clumps 2 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Shade Loving Foliage
    Blooms:
    Prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ad-ee-AN-tum hiss-PID-yoo-lum
    Plant type:Fern
    Deciduous/evergreen:Semi-evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:24, 25
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; forms foliage clumps 2 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Blooms:Prized for foliage.
    Design IdeasExcellent choice for lightly 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 PlantsCoral Bells (Heuchera); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Hosta (Hosta); Ligularia (Ligularia); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in enriched, acidic, well-drained soils with bright shade. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil. Feed frequently during growing season with general purpose fertilizer. Remove old fronds after new growth begins in spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.
  • History & Lore
    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.