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Asplenium trichomanes (Maidenhair spleenwort fern)

Intermediate
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
0.75m
Max height
0.75m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Asplenium trichomanes

Other names

Maidenhair spleenwort fern, Waterwort, Common spleenwort, English maidenhair, Green spleenwort

Genus

Asplenium Asplenium

Species

A. trichomanes - A. trichomanes is a small spleenwort fern forming long and narrow fronds, gradually tapering towards the tip.


Asplenium trichomanes is: Semi evergreen

Habit

Arching, Clump-forming, Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Insignificant or absent in All seasons

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Diseases

Sometimes affected by rust in damp winters.

General care

Pruning

Dead or damaged fronds should be removed.

Propagation methods

Division, Spores


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Where to grow

Asplenium trichomanes (Maidenhair spleenwort fern) will reach a height of 0.75m and a spread of 0.75m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Roof terrace, City, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Containers, Underplanting, Architectural, Coastal, Low Maintenance, Foliage only

Cultivation

Plant outdoors in humus-rich, moist, but well-drained soil. Bright mid-day sun can cause damage, and can be sensitive to fungicides. If planted inside under glass, plant in a mix of equal parts loam, coarse leaf mould, sharp sand and charcoal. Water moder

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered, Exposed

Hardiness

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Hart's tongue ferns contrast well with more feathery ferns, that toleratedry shade.

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Asplenium trichomanes

Other names

Maidenhair spleenwort fern, Waterwort, Common spleenwort, English maidenhair, Green spleenwort

Genus

Asplenium Asplenium

Species

A. trichomanes - A. trichomanes is a small spleenwort fern forming long and narrow fronds, gradually tapering towards the tip.

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Habit

Arching, Clump-forming, Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Insignificant or absent in All seasons

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Diseases

Sometimes affected by rust in damp winters.

General care

Pruning

Dead or damaged fronds should be removed.

Propagation methods

Division, Spores


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Asplenium trichomanes (Maidenhair spleenwort fern) will reach a height of 0.75m and a spread of 0.75m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Roof terrace, City, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Containers, Underplanting, Architectural, Coastal, Low Maintenance, Foliage only

Cultivation

Plant outdoors in humus-rich, moist, but well-drained soil. Bright mid-day sun can cause damage, and can be sensitive to fungicides. If planted inside under glass, plant in a mix of equal parts loam, coarse leaf mould, sharp sand and charcoal. Water moder

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered, Exposed

Hardiness

Hardy (H4)

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COMPANION PLANTS

Hart's tongue ferns contrast well with more feathery ferns, that toleratedry shade.

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

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Asplenium trichomanes

Although this is an evergreen fern, when the fronds decay the leaflets fall off leaving the wiry hair-like midrib for up to a year, hence the English name. Few invertebrates are associated with… read more

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