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Mairis's Maidenhair Fern Adiantum x mairisii

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ad-ee-AN-tum mair-IS-ee-eye
Description

Mairis's Maidenhair Fern is a sterile hybrid between Adiantum capillus-veneris and a tropical maidenhair, either A. raddianum or A. aethiopicum. It is hardier than either parent. It has bright green, lacy fronds that provide year-round interest. Plant in rich, well-drained, moist, light soils in dappled to full shade.  It works well in a woodland or shade garden, or even in containers.  

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#container plant#shade tolerant#shade garden#lacy leaves#fern#year-round interest#deer resistant#HS302#woodlands
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Adiantum
    Species:
    x mairisii
    Family:
    ā€ˇPteridaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Verticillium Wilt, heavy shade, deer
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 6 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Fern
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Mounding
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    No fruits; reproduces via spores
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    No flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Fronds
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Bright green, delicate lacy fronds are bipinnate to tripinnate.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Black
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Charcoal black stems contrast nicely with the foliage.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Small Space
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Shade Garden
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Heavy Shade