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California Maidenhair or Jordan's Maidenhair, Detail View
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edition, Giclee, Arches Watercolor paper, 11 by 14 inches
by 7 inches
California Maidenhair or Jordan's Maidenhair (Adiantum jordanii)
This beautiful maidenhair fern occurs from southwestern
Oregon south to Baja California, and occurs in the foothills
of the Cascades and Sierra Nevada in California as well as within
coastal communities. It is often found on serpentine, and most
typically occurs on shady slopes or in moist crevices.
Other species of maidenhair ferns native to the western United
States are the delightful Five-Finger Fern (Adiantum aleuticum,
also known as A. pedatum) and the graceful Southern
Maidenhair Fern (A. capillus-veneris). In the field,
sterile hybrids can be found between A. aleuticum and A. jordanii, and have been called A. tracyi.
Many species of Adiantum can be found in cultivation,
and they each make a lovely addition to moist shade gardens
throughout the west. The fronds are deciduous in the winter,
but are delicately green and lovely throughout the growing season.