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Venus Maidenhair Fern, Southern Maidenhair
|Size:||Hanging or low-growing fern, 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)|
Said to be resistant to deer.
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.|