Adiantum chilense

Epithet means "from Chile."

Deciduous, 1 to 1x/2 ft. (30 to 45 cm). Zones 6 (with protection) to 9.

description: The rhizome is short-creeping. The slightly grooved, luminous, black stipe is up to half of the frond length. Triangular blades are bipinnate with the small, fan-shaped pinnules looking like lollipops on black stalks. The sori are marginal on the 8 to 10 inrolled, scalloped segments of false indusia.

range and habitat: This is a species of temperate South American woodlands and mossy rocks in Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina.

culture and comments: Extremely attractive, this fern is cultivated in Zone 6 Germany but covered with extra protection in winter. It enjoys shade and moist but not wet soil.

Adiantum capillus-veneris 'Fimbriatum' in the Duryee garden.

Adiantum capillus-veneris 'Fimbriatum' in the Duryee garden.

Adiantum chilense in the Kohout garden.

Adiantum capillus-veneris 'Imbricatum' in the greenhouse at the Brotherton garden.

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