Hardiness: USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
Sun Exposure: Partial to Full Shade
Bloom Color: Inconspicuous/none
Bloom Time: N/A
Foliage: Grown for foliage Deciduous
Other details: Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds
Soil pH requirements: 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From spores
Seed Collecting: N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed
On Mar 28, 2013, Jorgy57 from Navy Yard City, WA wrote:
I had planted three small pots of this fern to compliment some begonias in a large planter on my covered front porch. Little did I know that the ferns would out compete the begonias! I have enjoyed them for a year - but now I find that there are a great number of dead or nearly dead fronds. Is this an annual thing? Or should I discard them and start a new planting next May? Technically my area is too cold for them to winter over, but I believe the protected porch created a nice micro climate for them - at least up untill now.
Alright...I know I live in Montana which I am sure is not condusive to ferns, but ....inside, it should grow...right? Can anyone give me info on the best way to keep one alive. I had it in a sunny south window with frosted glass, temp around 66, only watered when it was completely dry, but crispy leaves anyway. It was doing so well for a while until I let it dry out the last time. Help. these are my favorite. I had a Southern Maidenhair.
On Sep 18, 2008, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:
Ahh,That I could give this fern a double positive...so at home in the bay area that my largest Adiantum sp. I have is a Southern Maidenhair I never bought! It sprouted on it's own from spore in a 5 gallon pot of Cybidium Orchids a few short years ago.Now, it's mostly a fern pot with runners sprouting not only from the top but from every drain hole..giving a very nice cascading fern well over 3' top to bottom and wide.
More wild Maidenhair ferns have sprouted on there own on lava rock bordering my fish pond in the shade. They never need watering and grow soiless by wicking up water through the sponge- like, rock .Interesting is that it always looks lush green,never needing fertilizer,while the pot grown fern does need a boost every now and then in summer.
On Apr 21, 2007, Cretaceous from El Sobrante, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
Native to the southern-half of the United States (plus Hawaii and South Dakota), Canada (Alberta, British Columbia), the Azores, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, South Africa, Swaziland, Madagascar, Turkey, Ukraine, Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, France, Spain, Mexico, Guatemala, Cuba, and Puerto Rico.
Considered an endangered species in the state of North Carolina.
On Jun 16, 2006, Pashta from Moncks Corner, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:
I love these. I think I must have let mine dry out too much between waterings though, because it is starting to brown a bit, which makes me sad. They are lovely, delicate plants. I keep mine in somewhat low lighting. They are in front of a window that never gets full sun, and they seem to enjoy it there. I planted them in a large planter to give them room to grow.
On Sep 4, 2005, lobiwon from Vacaville, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:
This is my favorite fern! I had purchased several of them in the past and tried to grow them in the house - without success. Two years ago a friend was thinning out their garden and gave me a large batch. This time I planted them in large containers and grow them outside in a bright shaded area. They are absolutely beautiful!
On Jul 5, 2005, minphilic from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
I love this fern but it is not doing too well in my house. I recently found out that the maidenhair fern is one of the hardest of its kind to grow due to their delicate leaflets. I tried to make a humid microclimate by adding water to the saucer amongst some rocks (so not to waterlog the plant) and allowing it to evaporate, but it didn't work. Now, most of the fronds are crisp remnants of what they used to be. I'm hoping I can still revive it.
West of Austin, there is a place called Hamilton Pool that has Southern Maidenhair fern growing everywhere. It is a sight to see if you are ever in town.
On May 5, 2005, hashenk from New Braunfels, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
My husband collected this plant growing under a ledge along the banks of the Blanco River. We brought it home and placed under the rocks of our waterfall....it loves the low light from being tucked in under the rocks and constant water its gets from the water fall.
On Jan 15, 2005, rplingaltx from Galveston, TX wrote:
This beautiful fern grows under the front porch of my house. Every year in summer it retreats under the porch where it stays cool and moist and in the winter it sprouts up 2 to 3 feet out from the porch only to retreat again when the sun gets high in the sky in late spring. I have tried to get this fern established in other areas of my yard, but it doesnt take very well to being moved. I have even bought pots of it at nurseries but these are also slow to establish. It seems to do well wherever ajuga does well in my yard. Great old fashioned fern!
On Aug 31, 2004, Toxicodendron from Piedmont, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:
This beautiful native fern is also found in Missouri, but it is usually much more limited in size and distribution than it is further south. I see it in crevices of limestone overhangs along the rivers here in southeastern Missouri, which is zone 6. I guess the water moderates the zone somewhat.
i've been growing adiantums for years - by spores the last few. i find that they grow particularly well if grown in wooden containers that are 3" high and at least 12" square. if given daily water and high / open shade, they grow very quickly. they do not do well in closed, dark places. they seem to respond well to phosphorous/potassium fertilizer. when i grow them in sunnier locations, i plant them w/ their roots under a big rock - on the shady side.
On Jul 3, 2004, punaheledp from Kailua, HI (Zone 11) wrote:
My favorite fern (wherever it's native to)... at least this is the one that most resembles the one I discovered growing under my deck. It had been growing there a while and managed to survive long periods without water, possibly dying back and then sprouting when it rained?. I dug it up and put in pot and it's doing quite well on top of rather than under deck. gets a good amount of midday to late afternoon sun but is OK as long as it gets daily water. Used to see them sometimes when hiking in the valleys.
On May 16, 2002, wannadanc from Olympia, WA wrote:
This is a wonderful addition to a shade garden, providing it is not allowed to dry out. It is a native plant in the Pacific Northwest, and is often found on rock faces where there is a trickle of water and seemingly little soil.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Bellflower, California Gilroy, California Hayward, California Lakewood, California Los Angeles, California Mission Canyon, California (2 reports) Sacramento, California Stockton, California Vacaville, California Coral Springs, Florida Deltona, Florida Loxahatchee, Florida Tallahassee, Florida Atlanta, Georgia Honomu, Hawaii Kailua, Hawaii Bannockburn, Illinois Independence, Louisiana Lake Charles, Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana Piedmont, Missouri Brevard, North Carolina Elizabeth City, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina Rockcreek, Oregon Conway, South Carolina Summerville, South Carolina Appleby, Texas Austin, Texas Briarcliff, Texas Galveston, Texas New Braunfels, Texas Newport News, Virginia Vienna, Virginia Virginia Beach, Virginia Kalama, Washington Olympia, Washington