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Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum pedatum). Another stunning Pacific Northwest native fern available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum pedatum). Another stunning Pacific Northwest native fern available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Close-up of Maidenhair Fern frond (Adiantum pedatum). Another stunning Pacific Northwest native fern available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Young Maidenhair Fern uncurls (Adiantum pedatum). Another stunning Pacific Northwest native fern available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum pedatum). Another stunning Pacific Northwest native fern available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.

Maidenhair Fern

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Adiantum pedatum
  • Size at maturity: 12"-18" tall, 12"-18" wide
  • Canopy layer: small shrub
  • Light requirements: full shade, part sun/part shade
  • Moisture requirements: moist to wet soil

The Maidenhair Fern is a delicate and beautiful addition to a shady woodland garden. This fern is deciduous, unfurling from a thin black stem in spring and fading back during dry summer months.  Commonly seen growing in the spray of waterfalls in natural areas like Forest Park and the Columbia Gorge. Grow in your Portland woodland garden in shady moist to wet areas, possibly next to a mossy rock or log to keep roots protected and cool with companion plants like Oregon Oxalis, Inside-Out Flower, Sword Fern and Pacific Waterleaf.


Photo Credit 1: "Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum pedatum)" by aarongunnar is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Photo Credit 2: "Maidenhair Fern" by wackybadger is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Photo Credit 3: "Adiantum pedatum" by Ashley Basil is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Photo Credit 4: "Northern Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum pedatum)" by wackybadger is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Photo Credit 5: "File:Northern Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum pedatum) - Gatineau Park, Quebec 2013-09-20.jpg" by Ryan Hodnett is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0