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Adiantum aleuticum

Western Maidenhair Fern

Adiantum aleuticum has an amazing range that extends from the Aleutian Islands of Alaska all the way south to Chihuahua. It is extremely rare in the Eastern United States. It prefers light to deep shade with adequate moisture though it won’t perform well in standing water. Avoid hot afternoon sun to prevent leaf burn in summer. This plant was selected by horticulture professionals from the Northwestern United States as a Great Plant Picks, an honor given to only the best landscape plants. It is closely related to the Northern maidenhair fern.

Benefits

  • Delicate foliage adds texture to woodland gardens
  • Birds and other small animals find nesting and shelter beneath the fern
  • Easy to establish and maintain
  • Combines beautifully with spring wildflowers
  • Chosen as "Great Plant Picks" an honor given to great landscape plants

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Water regularly while plants are becoming established. Cut back dead foliage in late winter or early spring.


Height
30 in

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Spread
30 in

USDA Hardiness Zone Zone3-9

Native Range

Native mainly to the western portion of the U.S. Found on cliffs, balds, or ledges and rocky slopes.

Native Trivia

Shady woodlands are not the only place that ferns can be found. In fact, ferns can grow in a variety of habitats from mountain tops to rocky deserts. Ferns can also grow in rock crevices and in acid wetlands such as swamps.

Characteristics & Attributes

Shade
Songbirds
Deer Resistant
Ground cover
Plan Sub Group
Low Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil
Acidic
Humus-rich
Well-drained
Soil Moisture Preference
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Habitat Collection
Songbird
Native Habitat
Forest
Foliage Color
Dark Green
Uses
Accent
Bog, water garden
Edging
Erosion control
Mass plant
Naturalizes
Rock garden
Native to
Alaska
California
Colorado
Idaho
Maine
Maryland
Michigan
Montana
Nevada
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Utah
Vermont
Washington
West Virginia
Wyoming