Rosy maidenhair rough maidenhair

Epithet means "with stiff hairs, bristly."

Deciduous, 1 to 2 ft. (30 to 60 cm). Zones 8 (in mild winters and with lots of protection) to 10. Apogamous.

description: The rhizome is short-creeping. Charcoal stipes are up to one-half of the frond length and are whiskered with stiff hairs. (A quick rub between the thumb and a finger easily exposes the fern's "hispid" properties and aids identification.) Blades are pedate with pointed pinnae and crowded, dark green pinnules that as an ornamental bonus are red in new growth. sori are marginal under rounded indusia segments.

range and habitat: This species has a sweeping range from Australia, New Zealand, and the pacific Islands including Hawaii, to India, China, Africa, and the Atlantic Islands. In addition, it has naturalized in the southern United States and curiously is also reported to have escaped in Connecticut. In nature it is quite undemanding and grows in forests, on road banks, and in partially sunny open bush country.

culture and comments: The rosy maidenhair is widely available as an attractive houseplant and one of the easiest adi-antums to introduce to long-term indoor culture. It should be given good light, a humidity-enriched site, and protection

Rosy new growth on Adiantum hispidulum.

from drafts. Do not overpot or overwater, but water sparingly when the soil surface is dry to the touch or the pot feels light. Outdoors in Zones 9 and 10 it is easily introduced into the shade garden, but has not survived most winters in Seattle's Zone 8. (So I am still wondering about that "escape" in Connecticut.) It is easily propagated by division or from spores.

Whitei', with white hairs, is from Australia and is more upright than the species.

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