Adiantum aleuticum

Western Maidenhair Fern

Deciduous Fern, Perennial

"Outstanding Qualities
The Western maidenhair is one of the most graceful and beautiful of our native ferns. Bright green fronds open like the fingers of a hand perched atop contrasting wiry black stems. Gradually becoming a lush clump of uniquely horizontal and layered fronds, maidenhair softens the shade garden.

Culture Notes
Adiantum aleuticum looks best in light to deep shade with regular watering. Avoid hot afternoon sun to prevent leaf burn in summer. A location with well-drained soil is best, but this fern will tolerate sandy and clay soils. Avoid water-logged garden sites.

Geek Notes
Closely related to Adiantum aleuticum is the Northern maidenhair, A. pedatum; in fact, they were once grouped together under one name until botanists separated them. However, the east coast species does not grow well in the Pacific Northwest. The plants gradually lose vigor and fade away. How to tell the difference between the two? A. aleuticum has deep sinuses in the blade lobes, but A. pedatum does not."—Courtesy Great Plant Picks

Growing Conditions

Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Exposure: Full Shade, Part Shade, Deep Shade, Morning Sun, Open Shade

Water Needs: Regular / Even


Size: 24 - 30 tall x 24 - 30 wide
Shape / Form: Rounded
Foliage Texture: Fine
Foliage Quality: Fine

Features: Attractive Foliage, Low Maintenance, Native Plant

Foliage Color: Green
Leaf Shape: Palm-shaped

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Matrix, Beds and Borders, Groundcover, Massed, Small Gardens
Special Situations: Courtyard / Urban Garden, Deep Shade, Deer Resistant, Once-a-Year Maintenance
Wildlife: Deer Resistant

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Three Seasons of Interest
Position / Role: mid-plane filler, matrix / mingler
Collections: Great Plant Pick

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

Plant Combos