Asplenium trichomanes

Maidenhair spleenwort

Fern Facts


Hardiness (USDA zones): 3-9 — Very cold hardy

Size: 4" - 8"

Size (cm): 10cm-20cm

Height and Spread: Small - Under 1' in height or spread in 5 years

Light Requirements: Sun tolerant

Garden Use: Containers, Rock garden ferns

Origin: Every Continent Except Antarctica


This small, fragile-looking native fern is incredibly tough once established. Its diminutive evergreen fronds form adorable short tufts of green and appear like miniature versions of our common sword fern. This fern is very cute and once it is established it is even easy to grow in dry shade.  This easy but slow-growing fern performs well in light, open, dappled, or deep shade. It grows fastest in rich well-drained soil, but it will grow well in most soil types except those that become water logged. It is drought tolerant once established.

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