Evergreen Maidenhair Fern

Adiantum venustum | Also known as: Evergreen maidenhair | Rating: 2 votes | Print / Pdf

Evergreen Maidenhair Fern: a naked one you've never seen, as this maidenhair is evergreen!

A recipient of an RHS Award of Garden Merit, Adiantum venustum or Evergreen Maidenhair Fern is a spreading fern, great for ground cover in a damp area of the garden. It has shiny black stalks and green divided fan shaped fronds that turn a copper colour in the autumn. Although it's called Evergreen Maidenhair Fern, it is only evergreen in milder climates. It will spread well and grows best in moist soil in the shade. You won't need to prune it, just get rid of any dead fronds to keep it looking good. It's easy to look after and shouldn't fall foul to disease or be attacked by garden pests.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.15
Spread [m]
  • 0.15 - 1
Dominant flower colour
  • Inconspicuous or absent
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Brown or bronze
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • division
  • Spores
Growth habit
  • Arching
  • Clump-forming
  • Spreading
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-8
Heat zone
  • H8-5
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -7
Heat days
  • 30 - 120
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Partial shade
  • Full shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Grasses, ferns & bamboo
  • Ferns
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • We love the dark
  • For every season
  • Tough survivors
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Underplanting
  • Shade
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years