Maidenhair Ferns, Adiantum pedatum, are pretty and delicate. Maidenhair Fern's have wiry, purple-brown petioles and feathery, circular fronds that grow outward in a flat, fan-like position. Maidenhair Fern's are slow spreading and non-invasive ferns.
How to Grow: The Maidenhair fern plants remain attractive from spring to fall when planted in humus-rich, loose, well-drained soil that is kept moist at all times. Give your Maidenhair ferns a cool site in part to full shade. Plants can be propagated by dividing the creeping rhizomes in early spring, just as they emerge. Rhizomes should be planted just below the surface.
Landscape uses: Maidenhair ferns add a delicate touch to the shade garden. Plant them with hostas, astilbes, fringed bleeding hearts, lungworts (Pulmonaria), toad lilies (Tricyrtis), and woodland wildflowers.