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Adiantum venustum - D.Don.

Common Name Evergreen Maidenhair Fern
Family Polypodiaceae
USDA hardiness 9-11
Known Hazards Although we have found no reports of toxicity for this species, a number of ferns contain carcinogens so some caution is advisable[200]. Many ferns also contain thiaminase, an enzyme that robs the body of its vitamin B complex. In small quantities this enzyme will do no harm to people eating an adequate diet that is rich in vitamin B, though large quantities can cause severe health problems. The enzyme is destroyed by heat or thorough drying, so cooking the plant will remove the thiaminase[172].
Habitats Rock crevices and on forest slopes, 1700 - 2200 metres in Kashmir[145]. Moist, shady, rocky places in Nepal at elevations of 300 - 3,600 metres[272].
Range E. Asia - Himalayas.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Half Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade
Adiantum venustum Evergreen Maidenhair  Fern


Adiantum venustum Evergreen Maidenhair  Fern
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Summary

Form: Spreading or horizontal.


Physical Characteristics

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Adiantum venustum is an evergreen Fern growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.3 m (1ft in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. It is in leaf 12-Jan. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Ground Cover;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses



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Astringent;  Diuretic;  Emetic;  Emmenagogue;  Expectorant;  Resolvent;  Tonic.

The fronds are astringent, diuretic, emetic, emmenagogue, expectorant, resolvent and tonic[240] They are used in the treatment of headaches and scorpion stings[145, 240]. A paste made from the rhizomes is used in Nepal to treat cuts and wounds[272].

Other Uses

This species can be grown as a ground cover plant in a shady position[188], forming a spreading carpet of growth[208].

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Foundation, Ground cover, Woodland garden. Requires an abundance of moisture in the air and soil[1]. Prefers an alkaline soil[200]. Requires an acid soil in another report. Plants are quick to establish on peat banks or in rock crevices in light shade or, if the soil is not too dry, under trees[187]. A very ornamental plant, it is nearly hardy in sheltered places in Britain, though is more normally grown in a greenhouse[1]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233]. Special Features: Attractive foliage, Not North American native, There are no flowers or blooms.

Propagation

Spores - best sown as soon as ripe on the surface of a humus-rich sterilized soil. Keep the compost moist, preferably by putting a plastic bag over the pot. Pot on small clumps of plantlets as soon as they are large enough to handle and keep them humid until they are well established. Do not plant outside until the ferns are at least 2 years old and then only in a very well sheltered position. Division in spring or autumn.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Adiantum capillus-venerisMaidenhair Fern, Common maidenhair, Southern Maidenhair Fern, Venus Maidenhair Fern, Venus's Hair Fe22
Adiantum pedatumNorthern Maidenhair,American Maidenhair Fern02
Asplenium adiantum-nigrumBlack Spleenwort02

 

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