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Adiantum aleuticum

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Five-Finger Fern
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Five-Finger Fern
Five-Finger Fern
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Five-Finger Fern

Botanical Name: Adiantum aleuticum
Common Name: Five-Finger Fern

A beautiful, delicate fern. An excellent choice for a shaded rock garden.

Plant Family: Pteridaceae
Plant Type: Fern
Height by Width: 1' H and spreading
Growth Habit: Creeping
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Shade
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: 10,000'
Flower Season:
Flower Color:
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Northwestern CA, Cascade Range, High Sierra Nevada, San Francisco Bay, Outer South Coast Range, Transverse Range, northern Channel Islands
Natural Habitat: Streambanks, coastal cliffs, serpentine barrens



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History
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Fronds 1 to 2 feet, forked at the stop, light rich green. grows in cool moist places. One of the most graceful of all our native ferns. Gallon cans, 35c."
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References
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
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