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Adiantum capillus-veneris


Adiantum capillus-veneris is a dainty, delicate, beautiful fern with black stems that is magic in the shade garden.

The Southern maidenhair fern, Adiantum capillus-veneris, is a beautiful fern for the garden. The small fan-shaped fronds have wiry, black stems that are distinctively arching to pendent. Soft delicate finely textured foliage is attractive in woodland areas. This maidenhair fern tolerates heavy shade. Some sites list this as hardy to zone 5, others as zone 7 or zone 8. True hardiness will be revealed once more gardeners try it. For now, we list it as zone 7 as a compromise.

Common Name: Southern Maidenhair

Family: Pteridaceae (The Maidenhair Fern Family)

Zone Hardiness: 7-11

Light: Full Shade, Part Shade

Height: 12-24"

Width: 12-24"

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Class: Deciduous

Type: Perennial

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Soil Moisture: Average, Moist

Stem Colour: Black

Fragrance: No

Berries: No


Deer Resistant: Yes

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Shaded forests, moist cliffs.


Geogrpahical Origin: Miscellaneous - Cosmopolitan

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