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Adiantum capillus-veneris ~ Maidenhair Fern

Adiantum capillus-veneris is tougher than it looks. The Maidenhair Fern with its lacy foliage and love for regular water, will go dormant and wait out a dry spell for much longer than you expect for looking at a dainty looking plant. Adiantum capillus-veneris, looks its best on the face of a misty north facing waterfall, and does quite well in a garden setting with regularly sprayed foliage. When the foliage of the Maidenhair Fern starts to look damaged a severe haircut and a good soaking will have Adiantum capillus-veneris looking great again in a couple of weeks. Adiantum capillus-veneris grows 8-12" tall and spreads a few inches each year if enough water is available. The Maidenhair Fern is winter hardy into the low 20°s F.

Adiantum capillus-veneris, Maidenhair Fern

Black stems and brilliant green foliage of Adiantum capillus-veneris the Maidenhair Fern. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Other California native Ferns featured on this site:
Adiantum aleuticum
Adiantum jordanii
Adiantum pedatum
Dryopteris arguta
Myriopteris covillei
Pellaea andromedifolia
Pentagramma triangularis
Polypodium californicum
Polypodium scouleri
Polystichum munitum
Pteridium aquilinum
Woodwardia fimbriata