Herb: Holly Fern


Latin name: Cyrtomium falcatum


Family: Dryopteridaceae (Wood Fern Family)



Medicinal use of Holly Fern:

The rhizome is used as an anthelmintic, chiefly for the expulsion of tapeworm.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Evergreen
Fern

Height:
10 cm
(4 inches)

Habitat of the herb:

Naturalized on and by walls, among maritime rocks and in other shady places in western Britain.

Propagation of Holly Fern:

Spores - best sown as soon as ripe on the surface of a humus-rich sterilized soil. Keep the compost moist, preferably by putting a plastic bag over the pot. Germinates in 1 - 3 months at 20C. Pot on small clumps of plantlets as soon as they are large enough to handle and keep humid until they are well established. Do not plant outside until the ferns are at least 2 years old and then only in a very well sheltered position. Division in spring or summer.

Cultivation of the herb:

Naturalized on and by walls, among maritime rocks and in other shady places in western Britain.

Known hazards of Cyrtomium falcatum:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.