Common Maidenhair, Small Maidenhair Fern, Common Maidenhair Fern, Maidenhair.
Presence in Australia
Noted east of the Olympic Highway, mainly in higher rainfall areas.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, SA, NT, WA.
Damp open situations, sheltered rock crevices, shaded hillsides, flats near creeks. Often along creeks in large colonies.
Perennial ground fern mostly 20-50cm high. Rhizome-creeping and much-branched with soft, lacy, light-green fronds on black wiry stems.
Prefers moist, sheltered position in full shade. Tolerates heavy clay soil. Resents sun and wind.
Fast-growing and easily maintained. May die back in summer and re-shoot in autumn.
By division. For in-ground plants, sever the underground runners with a sharp spade and pot each section. For potted plants, tip out and divide by hand, or cut runners off with sharp knife.
Excellent for containers, indoors, rock crevices, groundcover and near ponds. Useful in floral displays and bouquets, and easily cultivated. Apply small amounts of native plant fertiliser to encourage growth.