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Adiantum pedatum (Fern)

Adiantum pedatum (Fern)

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Type Herbaceous flower, Grass, Deciduous, Ground cover
Form Ground-Hugging Rounded Clump, Architectural Form
Size Low Border / Edging / Ground Cover Plant (up to 50cm height)
Colours Medium green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Slow Growing Plant
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Adiantum pedatum Description

This fern is grown for its attractive tiered fronds which will grow up to 40cm long. Light green fronds are produced from spreading rhizomes. Ideal for planting in shaded sunken gardens, near water or in woodland.

Adiantum pedatum - Cultivation Notes

Flourishing in any fertile moist soil, this fern requires planting in a damp cool location in partial to full shade. Do not disturb established plants except when dividing (every 3-5 years) remove dead fronds in early spring.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Adiantum pedatum:

  • Suitable for container growing
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils
  • Suitable for planting in full shade

Weaknesses of Adiantum pedatum

  • Will not tolerate exposed, cold or hot and sunny locations
  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers

Design & Plant Use for Adiantum pedatum:

  • Ornamental grass for summer long foliage interest

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