Adiantum pedatum

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Maiden Hair Fern

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

A very graceful deciduous fern. The finely cut, shell shaped fronds offer a soft, tropical feel to the shade garden. Combines well with Hosta and other shade loving perennials.


12-20 Inches


12-16 Inches

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Rich, moist woodland soils are ideal. Plant crowns no more than 1-2' deep, planting too deep can be fatal.

When to Divide

spring, only if needed

Good Companions

Japanese Windflower Anemone (Anemone ), False Spirea (Astilbe simplicifolia), Heartleaf Bergenia, Pigsqueak (Bergenia cordifolia), Branched Bugbane (Cimicifuga (Actaea) ramosa), Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis), Barrenwort (Epimedium rubrum), Grayleaf Cranesbill (Geranium cinereum), Variegated Japanese Sedge (Carex morrowii), Siberian Iris (Iris sibirica), Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis sylvatica), Foamflower (Tiarella ), Old-Fashioned Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis), Mini Hosta (Hosta ), Coral Bells (Heuchera Precious Gems ), Primrose (Primula vulgaris), Hosta (Hosta ), Lupine (Lupinus Westcountry™ ), Barrenwort (Epimedium ), Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum biflorum nanum), Goatsbeard (Aruncus ), Leopard Plant (Ligularia dentata), Lenten Rose (Helleborus Winter Jewels® )

Characteristics & Attributes

Attributes & Uses
Cut Flowers
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Partial Shade
Foliage Color
Dark Green
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Soil Moisture Preference
Moist but well-drained
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