Maidenhair Spleenwort

Asplenium trichomanes

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Maidenhair Spleenwort is a small fern that can be found growing in tufts on rocks, old walls and mossy branches. This pretty fern is ideal for gardens; plant it in sloping rockeries, crevices or walls for attractive cover all year-round. It spreads by means of spores, so new crowns should establish themselves naturally.

How to identify

An easily recognisable fern, Maidenhair Spleenwort has long fronds made up of short, round leaflets paired from the central black stem.

Where to find it



When to find it

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How can people help

Our gardens are a vital resource for local wildlife, providing corridors of green space between open countryside, allowing species to move about. In fact, the UK's gardens provide more space for nature than all the National Nature Reserves put together. So why not try planting native plants and trees to encourage birds, mammals and invertebrates into your backyard? To find out more about wildlife-friendly gardening, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started.

Species information

Common name
Maidenhair Spleenwort
Latin name
Asplenium trichomanes
Ferns and horsetails
Frond length: up to 15cm
Conservation status