Delicate woodland fern with dark stems and bright leaves.
Soil: Hydric (Wet) to Mesic (Medium). Moist, but not wet.
Sun: Part Shade – Full Shade
Height: 1.5 – 2 feet
Suggested Uses: Northern Maidenhair Fern is a beautiful, finely textured ground cover! It does well in shade gardens or woodlands that are protected from heavy wind. Grows on moist, rich woodland soils and tolerates some alkaline soils (pH 6.8-7.2). Nice plant for contrast next to bolder foliage and ground cover in the woodland garden. Provides shelter for amphibians. Grows well under evergreens.
Native Range: U.S.: Native to most states throughout the Mid-West and New England. Minnesota: Native to counties in Eastern Minnesota.
Leaves: Delicate and finely textured. Light green with dark stems. Fiddle-heads are deep reddish in color.
Uses: Has beautiful, strong, shiny, dark stems that are used in basket-making.
More Information: USDA plant profile