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 venustum
Chinese native to 8 in. high. Young fronds are bright bronzy pink, maturing to medium green. Spreads slowly to form a 3–5-ft. clump. Shear in late winter to encourage new growth.
Chinese native to 8 in. high. Young fronds are bright bronzy pink, maturing to medium green. Spreads s...
Loose clusters of blue flowers on 1–2-ft. stems. Flowers of ‘Orion’ are deeper blue,...
Large, handsome clusters of creamy white flowers on 4-ft.-tall stems. C. l. suksdorfii (often...