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Adiantum aleuticum (photo courtesy of Jim McCausland)
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Zones 1-7, 14-21, 36-40
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Adiantum aleuticum

Five-Finger Fern, Western Maidenhair
Polypodiaceae
Ferns

ADIANTUM

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.

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