Maidenhair fern has a delicate appearance, forming a medium sized mound of arching black-stemmed fronds with light green leaflets arranged in a wide fan. Excellent foliage for using in cut flower arrangements. Plants take a couple of years to reach mature size, appreciating a rich soil that stays evenly moist. Not a good choice for dry shade under thirsty types of trees. Clumps may be divided after 4 to 5 years. Deciduous.