- May Benefit & Attract: wrens, sparrows, mockingbirds & thrashers, vireos
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
- This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
- Hardiness Zone: 3-8
- Mature Height: 1-2.5' tall
- Mature Width: 1-1.5' wide
- Exposure: Part Shade/Full Shade
- Spacing: 1-1.5' apart
Why plant Audubon® Maidenhair Hardy Fern?
A textural treat for shady spots! Northern Maidenhair Fern lends a delicate look to the sun-challenged parts of your landscape. Also known as Five-Fingered Fern, it sports bright green, fingerlike fronds that radiate out from a black, horseshoe-shaped stem (or “stipe”). In the woodsy soil that it loves, Northern Maidenhair Fern forms handsome colonies of frilly foliage arranged in mesmerizing circular patterns. Use this noble native plant in your shady borders, foundation plantings, or wildlife habitat garden as a groundcover. A wonderful, eco-friendly alternative to the typical non-native groundcovers that often become invasive.
Ferns give a Jurassic Park feel to the landscape. These ancient Spirits, which existed with and even long before the dinosaurs, speak to us on a primitive level. They bring to mind an era we can only imagine, with lush ferny plants covering the ground as well as taking the form of tall trees. In modern gardens, their cool green fronds make shady spaces seem calming and peaceful. Northern Maidenhair Fern is a North American native found over most of the eastern United States. Its range stretches from Minnesota to Maine in the North and Oklahoma to Georgia in the South.
How to use Audubon® Maidenhair Hardy Fern in the landscape?
Got deer? Ferns are usually a safe bet where deer are a problem. They provide needed greenery in the shady woodland garden spaces where deer may come looking for a meal, but deer tend to leave them alone. Northern Maidenhair Fern is troubled by few pests of any kind and is relatively carefree.
Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.
What is the definition of Native?
“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society
Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.
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Hardiness Zone: 3-8
How To Plant Audubon® Maidenhair Hardy Fern
Although Northern Maidenhair Fern is one tough Spirit, treating it well will reap rewards. This means giving it a premium spot in the landscape where it will receive dappled sunlight or shade throughout the day. This Fern also appreciates rich, organic soil that holds some moisture but drains well and doesn’t stay soggy after a rain. Regular irrigation is important for lush growth, especially if plants are competing with tree roots for water. Northern Maidenhair goes dormant in the winter. Cut the spent fronds back in early spring, just before the new growth emerges.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.