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Adiantum caudatum

Family: Pteridaceae
Genus: Adiantum (ad-ee-AN-tum) (Info)
Species: caudatum (kaw-DAH-tum) (Info)

Synonym:Adiantum lyratum
Synonym:Adiantum caudatum var. angustilobatum

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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By Cretaceous
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No positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Cretaceous On Mar 12, 2007, Cretaceous from El Sobrante, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Purchased from Home Depot (where it was tagged as a "Bronze Venus Fern"). This maidenhair fern has very distinctive fronds which have a bud at the end with a whip-like tip. Also sometimes sold as the "Walking Maidenhair Fern". This fern is native to Vietnam.

Neutral salvia_lover On Jan 10, 2005, salvia_lover from Modi'in
Israel wrote:

this plant has a minimum temperature requirement of 50F

Neutral tcfromky On Oct 8, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Reddish green fronds, produces plantlets on the end of the fronds. Best grown in a hanging basket of some sort. The species is native to tropical Africa, India, and Asia.

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