Cutflower Nomenclature

Scientific/Botanical Name:

Genus: Adiantum

Specie: A. hispidulum


English Name:


Common Name:

Rough Maidenhair Fern or five-fingered jack

Botanical Family:

Name in Latin: Pteridaceae

Name in English: Fern Family

The Plant

Origin: Africa, Australia, Polynesia, Malesia, New Zealand and other Pacific Islands

Growth Habit: its fronds rise in clumps from rhizomes among rocks or in the soil in sheltered areas.


Blooming Period:

Leaf: dark stipe measures up to 45 cm (18 in) in length


grown as an ornamental plant that adapts readily to cultivation, although may be slow growing.

Care and Handling

Soil: naturally acidic soils seem to suit it perfectly well, though it will also thrive in more alkaline conditions so long as there is plenty of organic material in the soil.

Amount of water: Keep moist between watering & Must not dry between watering

Nutrition: all-purpose plant food

Special handling: It is more tolerant of sun and drying out than other fern species

Special feature/remarks:

Its species name is derived from the Latin hispis "hair" and means "minutely hairy". A common plant, Adiantum hispidulum is often seen growing in moist areas. In Australia it is found near rocks, in rainforest or open forest.