Rosy Maidenhair Fern
With with its vibrant rosy red new fronds, Rosy Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum hispidulum) presents enthusiasts with a welcome and cheerful sight indoors or out.
Its hand-shaped fronds are usually 12 to 18 inches tall, and imitate in diminutive form those of our native “five finger” maidenhair ferns. Its native range however is quite wide, spreading from New Zealand, Australia and Asia to the Hawaiian Islands where it is quite comfortable in warmish weather. It will tolerate more (but not full) sun than most maidenhairs but is still at its most magnificent in partial shade.
The rosy maidenhair is rated for Zones 8 to 11 but will be borderline hardy (often waiting until mid-summer to surprise the grower with new fronds) in Zone 8. While it is deciduous outdoors, it remains evergreen indoors and is the easiest maidenhair for indoor decoration. Put it in an east or north window, keep it lightly moist but NOT over-watered or over-potted. Do, however, trim old fronds before new growth.
The botanical species name hispidulum references the stiff hairs on the stipe that are readily apparent with a quick but gentle upward rub with your finger.
Casa Flora Number: 34060