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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)
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.

  1. Whitehorse Council 
  2. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA) 
  3. Yarra Ranges Council 
  4. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia) 

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