Maidenhair Fern

Adiantum pedatum | Also known as: American maidenhair | Rating: 2 votes | Print / Pdf

American maidenhair: perfect for that shady corner of the garden you're always cursing as nothing ever grows there.

Adiantum pedatum or American Maidenhair is a native American fern found growing in damp woodland. It has long fronds that are green and deep pink in the spring, turning green in the summer and autumn. It has narrow black stems which contrast nicely with the leaves. It will grow to around half a metre in height and will prefer full or partial shade. It will grow in any type of soil as long as it is moist. Perfect for a dark, damp area of the garden. It will grow bushy and doesn't need any pruning. You shouldn't have any trouble with pests or disease.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.3 - 0.4
Spread [m]
  • 0.3 - 0.4
Dominant flower colour
  • Inconspicuous or absent
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • division
  • Spores
Growth habit
  • Arching
  • Clump-forming
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z3-8
Heat zone
  • H8-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -40 - -7
Heat days
  • 0 - 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
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Cut flowers
  • Underplanting
  • Shade
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years