Care Level: I'm Easy
Pet Friendly: Yes
Ferns are non-toxic, though the ASPCA does not have a specific listing for Maidenhair
Origins: Native to Africa, southern Asia through to northern Australia, with two species in tropical Central America.
Fun Facts: Maidenhair fern i...
Maidenhair fern is the source of a pleasantly aromatic volatile oil long used as a rinse or shampoo that rendered black hair very shiny, hence the name Maidenhair. The tough, water-repellent, shiny black stems were used by Native American peoples in basketweaving. The genus name means "repels water," for indeed raindrops weigh down the fronds & drop onto the ground leaving the fronds nearly dry.