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Maidenhair Fern


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Soft, lacy and graceful, Maidenhair is everyone's favorite fern! Jet-black stems lead to deciduous fronds in a circular pattern. (Adiantum pedatum)

Zones 3 - 8
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Mature Plant Size 12-24" tall, 12-18" wide
Bloom Time Foliage plant all summer

Plant Information

If there were a beauty contest for these plants, this is the clear winner, at least in the judgement of most gardeners. This is beautiful American Maidenhair, a delicate but tough native of woods all the way from Canada to Georgia. In early spring, fine black stems reach high, and then suddenly unfurl into flat tray-like hands of delicate fronds, arrayed in a perfect circle. All Maidenhair asks is a moist shady spot and plenty of rich wood soil. It's magnificent with Trillium and other spring flowers.
Associated SKUs
14FFERN3 (Bag of 3)
Common Name Maidenhair Fern
Botanical Name Adiantum pedatum
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Mature Height 12-24" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 12-18" wide
Bloom Time Foliage plant all summer
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Foliage Finely-textured, somewhat frilly fronds
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No


Shipping begins in September based on ground temperatures, coldest zones first.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Fall bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial orders may arrive separately from bulbs and seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

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A shade garden winner


from Chicago, IL

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  • Attractive
  • Hardy


    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Maidenhair Fern:

    Gorgeous addition to the shade border

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    • Personal

    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


    No fern here


    from Hanley Falls, MN

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    Comments about American Meadows Maidenhair Fern:

    I planted this last fall and there is no sign of it coming up.

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    To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

    • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
    • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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