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Venus Maidenhair Fern, Southern Maidenhair
|Size:||1-2 ft tall by 1 ft wide|
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|Noted for:||Interesting foliage|
Small specimen plant or groundcover. Also grows well as a container plant. A good addition to a rock garden. Prefers settings that are well drained but moist (Osario 2001).
Spreads gradually and can be propagated by division. Also can be propagated by spores.
|Availability:||Friends, FNPS plant sales, Specialty providers|
|Light:||Part Shade, Shade|
always floodedextremely dry
|(Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)|
|Moisture Tolerance:||Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry|
|Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:||Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.|
|Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:||Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray|
|Soil or other substrate:||Clay, Lime rock, Sand|
|Soil pH:||Calcareous (high pH)|
Moist hammocks and can grow attached to rock outcroppings if moisture is consistently present in the area.
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
10A 8A 8B 9A 9B
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
|General Comments:||Widespread but sparse distribution in Florida largely based on where limestone is exposed at the surface|