Adiantum capillus-veneris

Common Name:
Southern maidenhair
Plant Type:
Deciduous fern
Adiantaceae (The Maidenhair Fern Family)
Geographic Origin:
California Native?:
Plant Size:
12-18 inches high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
shade gardens
Flowering Season:
not a flowering plant
Flower Color:
Not applicable
Light shade
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Regular watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 15 degrees F. or less
This might as well be dubbed the traveling fern, for it is found throughout the milder portions of the U.S., including southern California, and much of the warm-temperate world. It is extremely variable but generally under 2 feet tall, with wiry blackish stalks and 2- or 3-times-divided, rather fluffy fronds.