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Hardy Maidenhair Fern Zone 5

Posted by Wacky_Jakki z5/6 CT (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 31, 05 at 16:05

I would like to grow maidenhair ferns in my garden. I am on the border of Zone 5/6 in CT - so our winters can be quite cold 10F or below, sometimes, and the summers can be hot and humid, sometimes!

I would like to grow a maidenhair that looks like in indoor version - and I think A. venustum is the closest.

Does anybody have experience with this fern in the Z 5/6 region and/or suggestions. Are there any others that would fit my criteria - I really like the daintyness of the rounded maidenhairs - I have other ferns in my garden that came with the territory! I love them but would like to augment the varieties.

Looking at photos, it seems that A. pedatum has pointed not rounded "leaves" (sorry I don't know the correct terminology). Is this right?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.


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RE: Hardy Maidenhair Fern Zone 5

  • Posted by Rosa 4-ish CO Rockies (My Page) on
    Sun, Apr 3, 05 at 7:52

A. capillus-veneris (maidenhair or venus hair fern) is native here in the SE region of Colorado so zone woud be about the same.
Below is a nice picture of the species.

Here is a link that might be useful: A. capillus-veneris

RE: Hardy Maidenhair Fern Zone 5

Thank you Rosa - I'll definitely be investigating that fern. I appreciate your help. Jakki

RE: Hardy Maidenhair Fern Zone 5

  • Posted by Rosa 4-ish CO Rockies (My Page) on
    Sun, Apr 3, 05 at 21:18

No problem and I do hope this works for you-it's one of my favorite ferns-so dainty!!

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