Herb latin name: Athyrium rubripes

Synonyms: Athyrium filix-femina rubripes

Family: Polypodiaceae (Polypody Fern Family)

Edible parts of Athyrium rubripes:

Very young fronds (croziers) - boiled. Some caution is advised. See the notes above on toxicity.

Description of the plant:


10 cm
(4 inches)

Habitat of the herb:

Mixed woods on mountain slopes.

Propagation of Athyrium rubripes:

Spores - surface sow in a pot of sterile compost in a shady part of the greenhouse and keep moist, this is most easily done by putting the pot in a plastic bag. Pot up small clumps of the plants when they are large enough to handle and keep them moist until they are established. Plant out in late spring of the following year. Division in spring as plants come into growth. Larger divisions can be planted straight into their permanent positions whilst smaller clumps are best potted up and kept in a cold frame until they are growing away well.

Cultivation of the herb:

Mixed woods on mountain slopes.

Medicinal use of Athyrium rubripes:

None known

Known hazards of Athyrium rubripes:

Although we have found no reports of toxicity for this species, a number of ferns contain carcinogens so some caution is advisable. Many ferns also contain thiaminase, an enzyme that robs the body of its vitamin B complex. In small quantities this enzyme will do no harm to people eating an adequate diet that is rich in vitamin B, though large quantities can cause severe health problems. The enzyme is destroyed by heat or thorough drying, so cooking the plant will remove the thiaminase.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.