A to Z Herbarium: Fern

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Fern

 

Back in the day, people didn’t know how ferns reproduced since they don’t have seeds, so this has led to some interesting folklore. In the Middle Ages, people believed ferns flowered and produced seeds at midnight on Midsummer’s Eve. But, since they couldn’t see said flowers or seeds, they believed them to be invisible. It was believed that if you witnessed the fern flowering or managed to collect the seeds, you could become invisible, see into the future, or be granted eternal youth.

Burning dried fern indoors will ward away evil spirits. Placing fern in vases with flowers has protective properties, as does planting it at the doorstep. Burning fern outdoors will bring rain, and the smoke will keep away snakes. Carrying or wearing fern will lead one to hidden treasure, while breaking the first fern of spring will bring good luck. Alternatively, biting down on the first fern of spring will ward off toothaches for a year.

Many different varieties of fern can be used to treat many different ailments, including arthritis, coughs, stomach aches, fever, pneumonia, infections, and snake bites, to name a few. Some ferns are poisonous though, so don’t go chomping on any random variety.

 

Sources:

Cunningham’s Encylopedia of Magical Herbs, Scott Cunningham, 2016, Llewellyn Publications

The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Nathaniel Whitmore

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Tasha Duncan-Drake - a couple of years ago

I wonder how many people have sat around on Midsummer’s Eve waiting to see invidible flowers and seeds? 🙂
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    Sara C. Snider - a couple of years ago

    Probably a lot hehe. Maybe they turned it into a party. 😉

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Keith's Ramblings - a couple of years ago

Best of all though, it looks beautiful! Thank you for giving us more of your really interesting facts – and fictions.

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    Sara C. Snider - a couple of years ago

    It is really beautiful. Thanks for coming by! 🙂

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Tarkabarka - a couple of years ago

I love ferns, they are so pretty… Also, fern flower stories are very entertaining 🙂 We have some of those too in Hungary.

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    Sara C. Snider - a couple of years ago

    I love ferns too. The whole fern flower thing is pretty crazy. This was my first time hearing of it. 🙂

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Shari - a couple of years ago

I have always loved the look a ferns, I think that they are beautiful. That was the extent of my knowledge though. I really enjoyed your post because I learned some interesting facts. Nicely written. Thanks you for sharing.

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    Sara C. Snider - a couple of years ago

    I also love ferns, and it’s always fun to learn new things. 😀 Thanks for stopping by.

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Ronel Janse van Vuuren - a couple of years ago

Ah, if only my ferns will stop dying on me, then I can become invisible too… Happy A-to-Z-ing.

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    Sara C. Snider - a couple of years ago

    Yeah, I gave up on trying to grow ferns long ago. Now I just enjoy them when walking through the forest. 🙂

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Molly of Molly's Canopy - a couple of years ago

Boston ferns are excellent air cleaners. After Hurricane Katrina, folks in New Orleans got a cough from exposure to formaldehyde in temporary trailers. They were advised to place 10 Boston ferns in the trailer to clear the air — New Orleans having the perfect temperature and humidity for these helpful plants.

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    Sara C. Snider - a couple of years ago

    I didn’t know that about Hurricane Katrina and the ferns. It makes me want to give cultivating ferns another go. 🙂

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Ann - a couple of years ago

Had no idea that ferns were so beneficial. Thank you for sharing how the plant can help people who have a variety of health issues.

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    Sara C. Snider - a couple of years ago

    Glad you enjoyed it, Ann. 🙂

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Sophie Duncan - a couple of years ago

It’s amazing the folklore that grows around plants to explain them. Invisibility sounds like a useful trick for humans, but not so much for flowers 🙂
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    Sara C. Snider - a couple of years ago

    Yeah, it does sound rather counterproductive for flowers hehe. Unless, maybe, you have invisible bees to see the invisible flowers? Who knows. 😉

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Hilary Melton-Butcher - a couple of years ago

Hi Sara – loved this info on ferns … I’ve always loved them – they grace the hedgerows and copses in the south west – particularly Cornwall … warm and damp … and they are beautiful … interesting facts … cheers Hilary

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    Sara C. Snider - a couple of years ago

    Thanks Hilary. Ferns are definitely beautiful. 🙂

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Djinnia - a couple of years ago

Ferns are amazing my great grandmother,s was on this cool Victorian pedestal. I remember it lasting for years before it died. We still have a cactus that is as old as my brothers and I.

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    Sara C. Snider - a couple of years ago

    That’s cool. All potted ferns should be on a Victorian pedestal. Sounds right. 🙂

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Michelle Morrison - a couple of years ago

I like ferns, they are pretty. This is interesting information.

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    Sara C. Snider - a couple of years ago

    Thanks, Michelle. I love ferns too. 😀

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JazzFeathers - a couple of years ago

I love ferns, it makes me so sad that I appear to be unable to keep one. But I wont’ desist, especially after discovering all the many properties it has 😉

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    Sara C. Snider - a couple of years ago

    I’ve also got a black fern thumb. I’ve not tried since being here in Sweden though, so I might give it another chance. 😛

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Sage - a couple of years ago

I’ve hiked through forests where the ground was covered in ferns (I can remember misty mornings with such hikes along the Appalachian Trail). They were magical. I didn’t realize that because you can’t see the seeds that people thought they had magical powers.

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    Sara C. Snider - a couple of years ago

    I’ve seen spots like that in forests as well, it really is magical. Crazy about the seeds, though, right? 😀

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Deborah Weber - a couple of years ago

Unfurling ferns have always seem magical to me – but imagining “invisible” seeds just puts them over the top for me. I’d be one of those watching at midnight on Midsummer’s Eve, and hoping for invisibility myself.

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    Sara C. Snider - a couple of years ago

    Unfurling ferns do seem magical. Waiting for a glimpse of an invisible flower/seed sounds like it could be a fun night out, at any rate. Either that, or terribly boring. Depends on the company, I suppose. 😉

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