Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
|Botanical Name:||Adiantum aethiopicum|
|Common Name:||common maidenhair|
|Sold As:||Tube ($2.00), 5" Pot ($5.00)|
|Fern, Ground Cover (up to 30 cm), Popular (home), Popular (bulk)|
|Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moist, Well Drained
|10-45 cm x spreading|
|Foliage:||Delicate lacy pale yellow-green fronds, darkening as they age, on slender reddish-brown to black stems. Frond divided 2-3 times, final leaflets fan- to wedge-shaped, 3-12 mm x 3-13 mm, outer edge scalloped.|
|Flowers:||Non-flowering. 1-4 large spore cases sunken into the lobe of leaflet and covered by kidney-shaped leaflet flap.|
Tufted perennial herb spreading from slender, scale-covered branching stems which creep both above and below ground to form a spreading groundcover.
Grow rapidly in autumn & spring. Likes moist well drained soils near creeks and in foothills in moist to dry forests.
Propagation is from plant division or by spores.