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Maidenhair Fern
Adiantum pedatum

Maidenhair Fern does well in shady conditions and in soil with adequate organic matter. Slow to spread, it can form colonies over time.

USDA symbol: ADPE

General Information

Plant TypeFern
Height1 foot
Light ExposureShade
Soil MoistureDry
Bloom ColorGreen
Maidenhair Fern (Maidenhair Fern<div><em class="small">Adiantum pedatum</em></div>)
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Flooding / Inundation ToleranceLow
General Resilience4
Salt ToleranceNone
Stress ToleranceFire Tolerant

Pollinator Value: None Known

Bloom MonthsMay to October

Project Planning

Project TypeRain Garden
Coefficient of Conservatism7
Herbivore SensitivityMedium
Rate of SpreadSlow
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal


CountyAitkin, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Blue Earth, Brown, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chisago, Clearwater, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Hennepin, Houston, Isanti, Itasca, Kandiyohi, Lake, Le Sueur, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pine, Ramsey, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Sibley, St. Louis, Stearns, Steele, Todd, Wabasha, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Winona, Wright
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands