Adiantum pedatum

Adiantum pedatum

Five-fingered maidenhair fern

  • Botanical name: Adiantum pedatum
  • Common name: Five-fingered maidenhair fern
  • Family: Pteridaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Deciduous
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The Adiantum genus is comprised of over 200 species. Commonly known as maidenhair ferns, they’re characterised by their delicate, finely divided foliage. Many species are native to warm, tropical areas, and so make good houseplants, though there are hardy species to grow outdoors, too.


Adiantum pedatum, commonly known as the five-fingered maidenhair fern, is a hardy, deciduous fern native to the forests of eastern North America. In spring, fresh green fronds emerge, contrasting with attractive black stems. It’ll grow to form a feathery clump that will combine well with other woodland plants like epimediums, uvularias and ferns. Adiantum pedatum grows best in a moist, fertile and humus-rich soil, in dappled to partial shade.

How to grow Adiantum pedatum

  • Plant size

    50cm height

    50cm spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, east facing, west facing

  • Position in border


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

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Do not Divide in January

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Do not Divide in June

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Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Adiantum pedatum and wildlife

Adiantum pedatum provides shelter and habitat.

Is Adiantum pedatum poisonous?

Adiantum pedatum 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 pedatum