Five-Finger Fern, Western Maidenhair
Most are of tropical origin; some are western natives. All form spreading clumps over time. Stems are thin, wiry, and dark. Fronds are finely cut; leaflets are mostly fan shaped, bright green, thin textured. Plants need steady moisture and soil rich in organic matter. Protect from snails and slugs. Most maidenhair ferns die back to some extent in winter. Kinds listed as indoor or greenhouse plants may succeed in sheltered outdoor spots in mild-winter areas.Adiantum aleuticum
Native to western North America and eastern Asia. Fronds fork to make a fingerlike pattern atop slender stems reaching 1–2 1/2 ft. tall. General effect is airy and fresh. Excellent choice for containers or shaded beds.
Native to western North America and eastern Asia. Fronds fork to make a fingerlike pattern atop slende...
Native to southeastern Europe. This is one of the species grown commercially for hazelnuts (also calle...
Native to the eastern United States, this is closely related to Adiantum aleuticum, with simi...