Adiantum capillus-veneris

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 8A 8B 9A 9B 

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Venus Maidenhair Fern, Southern Maidenhair


Plant Specifics

Size:Hanging or low-growing fern, 1-2 ft tall by 1 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial

Moist hammocks and can grow attached to rock outcroppings if moisture is consistently present in the area.


Recommended Uses:

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).

Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely 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 Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Clay, Lime rock, Sand


Said to be resistant to deer.