Western Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum aleuticum)

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Plant Habit: Fern
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 2 1/2 feet
Plant Spread: 2 1/2 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Underground structures: Rhizome
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
Western 5 finger Maidenhair in Fern Canyon

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Location: Del Norte county, Ca. amongst the RedwoodsDate: 2006-08-21Western 5 finger Maidenhair in Fern Canyon
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Location: Coastal San Diego County Date: 2017-10-29
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Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UKDate: 2018-06-11
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Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
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Location: North Twin Sister mountainPhoto courtesy of: J.Brew
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Posted by Bonehead (Pacific NW - Zone 8b) on Oct 22, 2017 11:38 AM

Native in the Pacific Northwest from the Aleutian Islands south to Chihuaha; and in the northeast from Newfoundland south to Maryland. Was previously classified as A. pedatum until 1991. A. pedatum does not grow well in the Pacific NW, loses vigor, and dies easily.

It is said that if a girl can hold a maidenhair stem without causing the leaves to tremble, she is chaste.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Native Californian Houseplants by drewusername Nov 9, 2017 11:46 AM 5
Maidenhair fern by Bonehead Jul 9, 2018 10:11 AM 3
Maidenhair fern by Bonehead Oct 23, 2017 11:24 AM 13
Fern (?) ID by dsebass Mar 20, 2017 9:38 AM 2
Grumpy Thread 2016 by Weedwhacker Jan 9, 2017 8:36 AM 6,005

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