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Maidenhair ferns (Adiantum)
Maidenhair ferns are a popular genus of over two hundred species of ferns. Many of these ferns have ornamental appeal for their attractive fronds and are popular indoor and garden plants despite their need for plenty of water. In the wild, these ferns can often be found growing on wet cliffs and they also have a liking for nutrient-rich soils.
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The maidenhair ferns genus, known for its delicate fronds and graceful appearance, requires thoughtful care to thrive. Basic Care Needs involve moderate to bright indirect light, consistently moist soil, and warm temperatures around 60-75°F (15-24°C). A well-draining, peat-based potting mix satisfies its soil requirements. Common Challenges include pests like scale insects and spider mites, as well as the plant's sensitivity to low humidity and direct sunlight. Seasonal Considerations entail reducing watering in winter and ensuring high humidity throughout dry seasons, while being cautious of cold drafts in cooler months.
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8 most common species:
Adiantum raddianum
Delta maidenhair fern
Delta maidenhair fern (Adiantum raddianum) is a popular houseplant. Its leaves have the ability to shed water without becoming wet. That's why the entire genus of Adiantum got its scientific name, which was derived from Greek and means "unwetted."
Adiantum capillus-veneris
Southern maidenhair fern
The southern maidenhair fern is known for its extract, which is often used to make an oil that is an ingredient in shampoo. The fern is also unique because it can shed water without feeling wet. These plants are easy to grow in shade or bright indirect light and thrive in moist but not soggy soil.
Adiantum peruvianum
Silver-dollar maidenhair fern
Prized among collectors because of its beauty and rarity, the silver-dollar maidenhair fern is endemic to Peru’s Amazonian basin. The fern has large, flat pinnules, black stems and its fronds can reach over two feet in length. Its generously-sized leaves emerge round with a pink blush before maturing to green.
Adiantum formosum
Giant maidenhair fern
Giant maidenhair fern (Adiantum formosum) is native to Australia and New Zealand and is found in rain forests, watercourses, and gorges. Although the foliage looks delicate, it is a tough, easy-to-grow plant, given enough water. It grows slowly and does not like to be moved once established.
Adiantum aethiopicum
Maidenhair
Adiantum aethiopicum was one of the first species described in "Systema naturae" in 1759 by the "father of modern taxonomy," Carl Linnaeus. Although native to subtropical regions in Africa, New Zealand, and Australia, maidenhair is a popular garden plant that tolerates a wide range of growing conditions.
Adiantum hispidulum
Rough maidenhair fern
Rough maidenhair fern(Adiantum hispidulum) is a species of fern that is highly popular as an ornamental garden plant. Its name, hispidulum, is derived from the Latin word for hair, hispis, and it means "minutely hairy". An alternative common name for the plant is Five-fingered Jack, which would make sense if the plant always produced five fingers, but often it produces more.
Adiantum pedatum
Northern Maidenhair Fern
The genus name of the northern Maidenhair Fern (*Adiantum pedatum*) comes from the Greek word 'adiantos', which means 'unwetted'. It is named for its water-repellent foliage. Meanwhile, 'pedatum' means 'cut like a bird's foot,' a reference to the look of its fronds. The plant is native to North America and Asia.
Adiantum aleuticum
Aleutian maidenhair
Other names for aleutian maidenhair (Adiantum aleuticum) include five-fingered fern, western maidenhair, and serpentine maidenhair. It’s indigenous to western North America. This species is often grown as a houseplant and planted outdoors to provide a green accent to water features. It thrives best in well-drained soil and partial shade.

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Delta maidenhair fern
Adiantum raddianum
Delta maidenhair fern
Delta maidenhair fern (Adiantum raddianum) is a popular houseplant. Its leaves have the ability to shed water without becoming wet. That's why the entire genus of Adiantum got its scientific name, which was derived from Greek and means "unwetted."
Southern maidenhair fern
Adiantum capillus-veneris
Southern maidenhair fern
The southern maidenhair fern is known for its extract, which is often used to make an oil that is an ingredient in shampoo. The fern is also unique because it can shed water without feeling wet. These plants are easy to grow in shade or bright indirect light and thrive in moist but not soggy soil.
Silver-dollar maidenhair fern
Adiantum peruvianum
Silver-dollar maidenhair fern
Prized among collectors because of its beauty and rarity, the silver-dollar maidenhair fern is endemic to Peru’s Amazonian basin. The fern has large, flat pinnules, black stems and its fronds can reach over two feet in length. Its generously-sized leaves emerge round with a pink blush before maturing to green.
Giant maidenhair fern
Adiantum formosum
Giant maidenhair fern
Giant maidenhair fern (Adiantum formosum) is native to Australia and New Zealand and is found in rain forests, watercourses, and gorges. Although the foliage looks delicate, it is a tough, easy-to-grow plant, given enough water. It grows slowly and does not like to be moved once established.
Maidenhair
Adiantum aethiopicum
Maidenhair
Adiantum aethiopicum was one of the first species described in "Systema naturae" in 1759 by the "father of modern taxonomy," Carl Linnaeus. Although native to subtropical regions in Africa, New Zealand, and Australia, maidenhair is a popular garden plant that tolerates a wide range of growing conditions.
Rough maidenhair fern
Adiantum hispidulum
Rough maidenhair fern
Rough maidenhair fern(Adiantum hispidulum) is a species of fern that is highly popular as an ornamental garden plant. Its name, hispidulum, is derived from the Latin word for hair, hispis, and it means "minutely hairy". An alternative common name for the plant is Five-fingered Jack, which would make sense if the plant always produced five fingers, but often it produces more.
Northern Maidenhair Fern
Adiantum pedatum
Northern Maidenhair Fern
The genus name of the northern Maidenhair Fern (*Adiantum pedatum*) comes from the Greek word 'adiantos', which means 'unwetted'. It is named for its water-repellent foliage. Meanwhile, 'pedatum' means 'cut like a bird's foot,' a reference to the look of its fronds. The plant is native to North America and Asia.
Aleutian maidenhair
Adiantum aleuticum
Aleutian maidenhair
Other names for aleutian maidenhair (Adiantum aleuticum) include five-fingered fern, western maidenhair, and serpentine maidenhair. It’s indigenous to western North America. This species is often grown as a houseplant and planted outdoors to provide a green accent to water features. It thrives best in well-drained soil and partial shade.
Maidenhair
Adiantum cunninghamii
Maidenhair
Maidenhair is a delicate fern with thin, black stems and fan-shaped, light green fronds. Typically found in damp, shaded forest environments, its frond segments display a diamond-like shape that contributes to its elegant appearance. The plant thrives in moist soil rich in organic matter, illustrating its adaptation to understory habitats.
California maidenhair
Adiantum jordanii
California maidenhair
California maidenhair, or Adiantum jordanii, is a perennial member of the maiden-hair fern family. Its scientific name comes from the Greek word for "unwettable", referring to the way the fronds shed water. Jordanii is a reference to Rudolf Jordani, Sr., who collected specimens of this fern.
Filmy maidenhair
Adiantum diaphanum
Filmy maidenhair
This species grows up to 20 cm long and has very dark green fronds covered with bristles.
Giant maidenhair fern
Adiantum trapeziforme
Giant maidenhair fern
Giant maidenhair fern is an eye-catching fern with fan-shaped leaves that are trapezoidal in shape. These leaves grow in a distinctive horizontal pattern, making the plant a striking feature in any garden.
Fan-leaved maidenhair
Adiantum flabellulatum
Fan-leaved maidenhair
Like all members of the Adiantum flabellulatum genus, the fan-leaved maidenhair is able to shed water without being wet. This tropical fern grows in acidic soil and it's regarded as a trustworthy indicator of soil acidity.
Kidney-leaved fern
Adiantum reniforme
Kidney-leaved fern
Adiantum reniforme (lotus-leaved maidenhair fern) is a species of fern in the genus Adiantum (maidenhairs). It grows in sheltered rock crevices and on walls.
Aleutian maidenhair 'Imbricatum'
Adiantum aleuticum 'Imbricatum'
Aleutian maidenhair 'Imbricatum'
The saying "great things come in small packages" rings true with aleutian maidenhair 'Imbricatum', a dwarf cultivar of the Aleutian maidenhair. The name "Imbricatum" is derived from the Latin word for overlapping ("imbricatus"), given because of the tendency for this plant's 5-7 fan-shaped fronds to overlap one another.
Tailed maidenhair
Adiantum caudatum
Tailed maidenhair
Adiantum caudatum, commonly walking maidenhair, tailed maidenhair, trailing maidenhair is a fern in the genus Adiantum and the family Pteridaceae.
Delta maidenhair fern 'Fragrantissimum'
Adiantum raddianum 'Fragrantissimum'
Delta maidenhair fern 'Fragrantissimum'
Delta maidenhair fern 'Fragrantissimum' are a popular genus of over two hundred species of ferns. Many of these ferns have ornamental appeal for their attractive fronds and are popular indoor and garden plants despite their need for plenty of water. In the wild, these ferns can often be found growing on wet cliffs and they also have a liking for nutrient-rich soils.
Maidenhair fern
Adiantum poiretii
Maidenhair fern
Maidenhair fern is a delicate fern with a lacey appearance, its fronds branching out in a fan-like fashion. It thrives in moist, shady environments reminiscent of its tropical origins. Maidenhair fern displays thin, black stems that contrast elegantly with the vibrant green of its small, triangular leaflets. This fern's ability to extract humidity from the air allows it to flourish in environments that mimic the understory of a forest.
Walking maidenhair fern
Adiantum philippense
Walking maidenhair fern
Walking maidenhair fern lives in Africa, southern Asia, and Australia. It tends to grow along forested riverways. Parts of this fern are toxic to humans and animals, so any examples grown as garden plants should be kept in safe locations.
Fan maidenhair
Adiantum tenerum
Fan maidenhair
Fan maidenhair is a delicate perennial plant with beautifully constructed feathery and glossy green fronds. It thrives in moist, shady habitats such as woodlands and streambanks. Additionally, Native Americans utilized this plant to treat numerous health conditions.
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Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
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Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
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Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
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Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
Solanum
Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
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Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
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Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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Maidenhair ferns are a popular genus of over two hundred species of ferns. Many of these ferns have ornamental appeal for their attractive fronds and are popular indoor and garden plants despite their need for plenty of water. In the wild, these ferns can often be found growing on wet cliffs and they also have a liking for nutrient-rich soils.
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The maidenhair ferns genus, known for its delicate fronds and graceful appearance, requires thoughtful care to thrive. Basic Care Needs involve moderate to bright indirect light, consistently moist soil, and warm temperatures around 60-75°F (15-24°C). A well-draining, peat-based potting mix satisfies its soil requirements. Common Challenges include pests like scale insects and spider mites, as well as the plant's sensitivity to low humidity and direct sunlight. Seasonal Considerations entail reducing watering in winter and ensuring high humidity throughout dry seasons, while being cautious of cold drafts in cooler months.
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8 most common species:
Adiantum raddianum
Delta maidenhair fern
Delta maidenhair fern (Adiantum raddianum) is a popular houseplant. Its leaves have the ability to shed water without becoming wet. That's why the entire genus of Adiantum got its scientific name, which was derived from Greek and means "unwetted."
Adiantum capillus-veneris
Southern maidenhair fern
The southern maidenhair fern is known for its extract, which is often used to make an oil that is an ingredient in shampoo. The fern is also unique because it can shed water without feeling wet. These plants are easy to grow in shade or bright indirect light and thrive in moist but not soggy soil.
Adiantum peruvianum
Silver-dollar maidenhair fern
Prized among collectors because of its beauty and rarity, the silver-dollar maidenhair fern is endemic to Peru’s Amazonian basin. The fern has large, flat pinnules, black stems and its fronds can reach over two feet in length. Its generously-sized leaves emerge round with a pink blush before maturing to green.
Adiantum formosum
Giant maidenhair fern
Giant maidenhair fern (Adiantum formosum) is native to Australia and New Zealand and is found in rain forests, watercourses, and gorges. Although the foliage looks delicate, it is a tough, easy-to-grow plant, given enough water. It grows slowly and does not like to be moved once established.
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Dracaena
Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
Ficus
Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
Rubus
Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
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Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
Solanum
Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
Rosa
Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
Quercus
Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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