Herb: Ressurection Fern

Latin name: Cheilanthes pteridioides

Synonyms: Cheilanthes fragrans

Family: Pteridaceae (Maidenhair Fern Family)

Edible parts of Ressurection Fern:

The plant is said to be used as a tea substitute.

Description of the plant:


15 cm
(6 inches)


Habitat of the herb:

Grows amongst stones.

Propagation of Ressurection Fern:

Spores - best surface sown as soon as they are ripe in a greenhouse and do not allow the compost to dry out. Placing the pot in a plastic bag helps to maintain a humid atmosphere which promotes germination and growth. Prick out small clumps into pots when they are large enough to handle and keep moist until established. Grow on in a greenhouse for at least the first winter and plant out in late spring.

Cultivation of the herb:

Grows amongst stones.

Medicinal use of Ressurection Fern:

None known

Known hazards of Cheilanthes pteridioides:

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.