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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.

California Native Ferns and Fern Allies featured on this site:
Adiantum aleuticum * Five Fingered Fern, Western Maidenhair Fern
Adiantum capillus veneris * Maidenhair Fern
Adiantum jordanii * California Maidenhair Fern
Adiantum pedatum * Five Fingered Fern, Western Maidenhair Fern
Dryopteris arguta * Coastal Wood Fern
Equisetum telmateia braunii * Giant Horsetail
Myriopteris covillei * Coville's Lip Fern
Pellaea andromedifolia * Coffee Fern
Pentagramma triangularis * Goldback Fern
Polypodium californicum * California Polypody
Polypodium scouleri * Leathery Polypody
Pteridium aquilinum * Bracken Fern
Woodwardia fimbriata * Giant Chain Fern