Adiantum capillus-veneris
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Adiantum capillus-veneris

southern maidenhair
maidenhair fern

  family adiantaceae 
  genus adiantum 

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Genus  Adiantum Species  capillus-veneris Variety  Cultivar  Common names  southern maidenhair   maidenhair fern Family  ADIANTACEAE Specimen number  S11834 Data source  HtZn p70;MedPl p158
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  1' - 2' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Partial to full shade Water  Moist, well drained Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Soil pH 05-06 USDA hardiness  USDA zones 07a-11 AHS heat zones  Heat zones 09-03 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Adiantum capillus-veneris can survive cold winter nights that go as low as 0� Fahrenheit. Maidenhair fern (also known as southern maidenhair) needs summer days with high heat. Partial to full shade is best for growing this plant. It does well in moist, well drained soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest  purple-black stems Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  bronchiolytic Medicinal parts  Aerial parts Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Adiantum capillus-veneris has been traditionally used as a bronchiolytic. The plant parts used in herbal preparations are the aerial parts.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Rhizome Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Propagation of Adiantum capillus-veneris can be achieved using the plant's rhizomes.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Adiantum capillus-veneris is a perennial. Leaves: Maidenhair fern (locally known in some parts as southern maidenhair) has triangular fan-shaped leaflets. Bark: This plant has purple-black stems.

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