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Northern Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum pedatum L.)

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Native or Not Present

This tentative map is based on our own research. It may have limited data on Canada and/or Mexico, and there is some subjectivity in our assignment of plants as introduced vs. expanded. Read more in this blog post.


Moist conditions in part to full shade, and rich, slightly acidic soils.

Found in rich wooded slopes, wooded ravines; common in much of its range.


Cultivated in gardens, where it is valued for its attractive foliage and ease of growing so long as the spot has sufficient shade and moisture.

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