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Adiantum pedatum, commonly known as the northern maidenhair fern, is a delicate and graceful fern species that is native to North America. The plant has long, dark stems that emerge from a central crown and fan out into several arching fronds, each composed of many small, light green leaflets. The leaflets are triangular in shape and have a lacy, delicate appearance.
• Height: 30-60cm (12-24in)
• Spread: 30-60cm (12-24in)
• Flower color: N/A
• Flowering period: N/A
• Foliage: Light green triangular leaflets
• Sunlight requirements: Partial shade to full shade
• Soil requirements: Well-draining, moist soil
• Hardiness Zone: 3
Adiantum pedatum is a popular choice for shaded woodland gardens, rock gardens, and water gardens. It is often used as an ornamental plant in borders or as a ground cover under trees and shrubs. It can also be grown in containers for use on patios or decks.
Adiantum pedatum is easy to care for and provides a soft and delicate texture to garden beds. It is also deer-resistant and attracts beneficial insects such as lacewings and hoverflies.
Adiantum pedatum requires regular watering to keep the soil moist, especially during hot and dry periods. It prefers partial to full shade and well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Mulching around the base of the plant can help retain moisture in the soil. It is also important to keep the plant free of debris and to avoid overcrowding to prevent fungal diseases.
Adiantum pedatum has been used for centuries for its delicate and graceful beauty in gardens and landscaping. It is a popular choice for shaded areas and can provide a soft and textural contrast to other plants in the garden. With proper care and attention, Adiantum pedatum can thrive and bring a touch of elegance to any landscape.