May 26, 2020

Southern Belle

Adiantum capillus-veneris - Southern maidenhair fern

Janine Pineo Photo | Adiantum capillus-veneris – Southern maidenhair fern

Adiantum capillus-veneris is a glowing plant with its bright green leaves and exuberant growth. Southern maidenhair fern is hardy to Zone 7, which makes it either a houseplant or an annual here in Maine. At the 2013 Bangor garden show, it was planted in the landscape, making an interesting groundcover that might reach a foot in height at most. It is a native in the southern portion of the United States, stretching from coast to coast. Curiously, the plant can be found in two places farther north than might be expected: “at Cascade Springs in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Fairmont Hot Springs, British Columbia. In both instances, the warm microclimate created by hot mineral springs permits the growth of the plant far north of its normal range.” It tends to grow in moist conditions and full or partial shade.