Adiantum venustum, the Himalayan maidenhair, is a prize winner and absolutely beautiful ground cover. As a special bonus, unlike most hardy maidenhairs, it is evergreen. Once established it will gradually creep through the lightly shaded woodland garden producing elegant 12 inch fronds of triangular foliage atop blackish stems. It is not in the least bit invasive, but rather a welcome ground cover. In time the carpet can be divided, but for success this is best done in fall and do transplant in sizeable chunks. New spring growth, briefly tinged salmon rose, comes early and is totally unfazed by bouts of late frosts or snow! This beloved species grows with protection in Zone 5 and with ease in Zones 6 to 9.