Adiantum aleuticum 'Japonicum'

Adiantum aleuticum ‘Japonicum’

Northern maidenhair fern

  • Botanical name: Adiantum aleuticum 'Japonicum'
  • Common name: Northern maidenhair fern
  • Family: Pteridaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Semi-deciduous
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The Northern maidenhair fern, Adiantum aleuticum ‘Japonicum’, is a spectacular fern that grows from unfurling, copper-pink fronds in spring. As the fronds age they gradually become golden-green in colour. It looks lovely growing alongside ferns and other shade-loving plants, and is well-suited to growing in a woodland border.


For best results, grow Adiantum aleuticum ‘Japonicum’ in partial or dappled shade in moist, well-drained and humus-rich soil.

How to grow Adiantum 'Japonicum'

  • Plant size

    45cm height

    40cm spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, east facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front, middle

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, partial shade
  • Shade type: Damp
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / clay / heavy / moist

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Do not Plant in December


Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do Divide in March

Do Divide in April

Do Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do not Divide in September

Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Adiantum 'Japonicum' and wildlife

Adiantum 'Japonicum' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Adiantum 'Japonicum' poisonous?

Adiantum 'Japonicum' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Adiantum 'Japonicum'