Native plants

Maidenhair fern

Scientific name: Adiantum cunninghamii
Maori name: Tawatawa, Puhinui
English name: Common Maidenhair fern
Other names: Cunninghams maidenhair

Fern - native to the Wellington Region
Suits: damp, shade, partial shade, sunny, shelter, coastal forest garden, coastal and dune garden, small garden or balcony, wetlands and water features

About Maidenhair fern

A beautiful small native fern commonly throughout in lowland and coastal forest. Often seen on banks, cliff faces and amongst rocky fragments growing up to 40 cm with bright green leaves on shiny black stalkes. It spreads by creeping rhizomes and with spores occuring as dots around the edge.

Provides for lizards

  • Ground cover for retreat

Read more about gardening for lizards.

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