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Rosy Australian Maidenhair Fern

Adiantum hispidulum

Beautiful rose-colored new leaves contrast with the leathery dark green mature foliage and dark green, shiny stems. Use among traditional woodland perennials beneath shade trees. Great for lush effects combined with exotic tropicals. Semi-evergreen.
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Your climate might be too cold for this plant: 6


Full shade, Partial shade

Keep soil consistently moist.


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Botanical Pronunciationad-ee-AN-tum hiss-PID-yoo-lum
LoreThe 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.
Is Direct To ConsumerNo
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; forms foliage clumps 2 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimePrized 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenSemi-evergreen
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage, Rustic, Tropical
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseContainer, Rock Garden, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsFull shade, Partial shade
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Gift Plant, Shade Loving, Tolerates Acidic Soil
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsKeep soil consistently moist.
Companion PlantsCoral Bells (Heuchera); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Hosta (Hosta); Ligularia (Ligularia); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-8

USDA Cold Hardiness Zone Map

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 6

Your climate may be too cold for this plant