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Plant Habit: Fern
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8a
Plant Height: 12 to 24 inches
Plant Spread: 12 to 24 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Deciduous
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Groundcover
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Other: spores

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Common names
  • Northern Maidenhair Fern
  • Northern maidenhair
  • Maidenhair Fern
  • Five-fingered Maidenhair
  • Five-finger fern
  • American Maidenhair Fern
  • American Maidenhair

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Comments:
  • Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Oct 14, 2016 8:38 AM concerning plant:
    Native in the Pacific NW, found in moist rocky forests, along waterways, and in the spray of waterfalls. The foliage sheds rain, and may be used medicinally for strength and endurance. The name "maidenhair" is indicative of the fine black hair-like stalks, dark root hairs, and its use by native peoples as a hair tonic to bring out golden highlights. It is a delicate fern, very striking in masses. I find that it burns easily if given too much sun. Colonizes slowly.
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 18, 2012 3:59 AM concerning plant:
    Maidenhair Fern is one of the most beautiful of all the eastern native ferns. Fronds (leaves) grow to about 2 feet in height with shiny black stems. The stems fork near the top into 2 semi-circles holding numerous soft green leaflets. The aspect of Maidenhair Fern is delicate and airy. Use it for its texture. The leaflets flutter in the slightest breeze. Maidenhair Fern needs shade and rich, moist, but well-drained soil. It can take calcareous conditions and spreads moderately by creeping rhizomes.
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