MAIDENHAIR FERN

Adiantum caudatum

Maidenhair fern, Adiantum caudatum is an incredibly attractive ornamental native fern with graceful, bright green fronds that open like the fingers of a hand on top of shiny purple black stems.  It is perfect for beds, borders, cottage and woodland gardens or as an edger along paths.

According to the NIH, “Maidenhair fern exhibited to possess anti-diabetic, anticonvulsant, analgesic, hypo-cholesterolemic, goitrogenic, anti-thyroidal, antibacterial, antifungal, wound healing, antiobesity, anti hair loss, anti-asthmatic, anti-inflammatory, antidiarrheal and antispasmodic, antioxidant as well as diuretic & anti-urolithiatic and detoxifying effects in modern medicine.” Ancient Iranian physicians confirmed these pharmacological effects eons ago.

 

 

 

SPECS: Genus: Adiantum; Species: caudatum; Plant Type: Fern; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Full Shade, Part Shade; Soil Moisture: Wet, Medium Wet, Mesic (middle); Height: 2′ — 6′; Spread: 3′; Plant Spacing: 1′ — 3′; Bloom Time: June — August; Bloom Color: Green; Advantages: Low maintenance, Medicinal uses, Perfect for rain garden; USDA Zone: 3 — 8; Attracts: Beneficial insects; Tolerant: Clay, Heat & humidity, Wet soils; Plant Community: Maidenhair Fern mixes well with other shade-loving plants.;