Adiantum capillus-veneris

Venus maidenhair fern, southern maidenhair


Use this link to get more info about this plant from the USF Institute for Systematic Botany

Plant Specifics

Form: fern
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 1-2 ft    Width: 1 ft


Noted for: Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:

Small specimen plant or groundcover. Also grows well as a container plant. A good addition to a rock garden. Prefers settings that are well drained but moist (Osario 2001).


Spreads gradually and can be propagated by division. Also can be propagated by spores.

Availability: FNPS plant sales, Specialty providers, Friends
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay, lime rock
Soil pH Range: Calcareous (high pH)


Native Habitats:

Moist hammocks and can grow attached to rock outcroppings if moisture is consistently present in the area.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in: